Amnesty international condemns Chinese repression in Xinjiang

Thursday, July 5th, 2012 4:44:47 by

The NGO has accused Beijing of conducting a policy of repression and intimidation of dozens of Uighurs in Xinjiang since the bloody rights that took place in 2009

In a report released on Wednesday, Amnesty International claims that Chinese authorities have executed nine people accused of having fomented violence and arrested several others.

The NGO said that it has gathered new evidence demonstrating that the Chinese government continues to intimidate the families of missing persons after the violence of July 2009.

Amnesty’s report says that several dozen Uighur families have taken the risk to tell publicly the disappearance of some of their members since July 2009. The ethnic violence that took place in the provincial capital Urumqi has killed nearly 200 people. They
opposed the Uighurs, Turkic-speaking Muslim ethnic group.

Xinjiang is an area of immense strategic importance for the Chinese government because of its location and natural resources. Xinjiang, which is bordering Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Central Asia, has abundance of oil, gas and coal.

Since the riots, Beijing has made efforts to develop the province by creating jobs for Uighurs and addressing the root causes responsible for the violence. Meanwhile, Chinese authorities have installed 40,000 cameras in Urumqi.  

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