Violence blamed by China on Uighur
extremists has begun to spread outside of Xinjiang.
It gives the Uighurs
no legitimate outlet to air their grievances.
The police scrutiny of the Uighurs
in Beijing highlights the years of discrimination that have fueled Uighur
demands for independence for their northwestern homeland of Xinjiang.
According to official statistics, about 45% of Xinjiang's population is Uighur
while 39% is Han.
Xinjiang province in Western China is home to around nine million Uighurs
, a Turkic speaking, largely Muslim ethnic minority, many of whom accuse China's leaders of religious and political persecution.
China has responded by boosting police presence and restricting the practice of Islam -- moves that have further alienated many Uighurs
and ratcheted up tensions.
After July 5, the Chinese government has been implementing "great pressure" on the Uighurs
and land belonging to the Uighurs
have been taken away from them by the Chinese authorities, Kadeer argued.
Han Chinese retaliated and hundreds of Uighurs
have since been detained.
The Chinese have never been told to respect the Uighur
people," he said by telephone.
Christan Aid said the charge had been levied against Yimit as part of efforts to curtail the spread of Christianity among ethnic Uighurs
, a traditionally Muslim central Asian ethnic group.
On June 25, nine Uighurs
working in a toy factory in southeastern China were killed in a brawl, setting off riots last Sunday in Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi, and other cities.
Sunday's riot started as a peaceful demonstration by Uighurs
over a deadly fight at a factory in eastern China between Han Chinese and Uighur
are related to Turks, and Turkey is home to a large Uighur
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Oral and written announcements are made in three different languages in domestic flights to Urumqi in China: Chinese, English and Uighur
Beijing -- China on Monday issued travel advice to its citizens travelling to Turkey after it said several tourists were attacked in protests over the Chinese government's treatment of ethnic Uighur