Authorities later charged Tohti, who had championed Uighur
rights, with separatism.
prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, than the ethnic Uighurs
Beijing often blames the ETIM for violent incidents that take place in Xinjiang but many Uighurs
, who commonly refer to Xinjiang as East Turkestan, say that the Chinese government uses them as an excuse for implementing repressive security measures in the region.
Beijing regularly calls such incidents "terrorism" but Uighur
organizations dismiss that as an excuse to justify religious and security restrictions, and information in the area is tightly controlled.
Amnesty International, "People's Republic of China: Uighurs
Fleeing Persecution as China Wages its 'War on Terror'", 6 July 2004, (http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/ASA17/021/2004/en/47e9cf33-d5cd-11dd-bb24-1fb85fe8fa05/asa170212004en.pdf).
(7) The only other terrorist attack in Xinjiang between July 2009 and July 2011 was in August 2010 when three Uighur
men drove an explosive-laden tricycle into a patrol of police officers in Aksu, killing seven.
Over 150 people were killed and approximately 1,000 others were injured in the riots which followed Sunday's peaceful demonstrations protesting a fight between Uighur
and Han Chinese workers at a toy factory late June.
activists deny the charge and say harsh policing, including the firing of live ammunition, provoked the violence.
The Chinese, however, have aroused skepticism by dubiously attributing dozens of explosions and incidents of civil unrest to instigation by "East Turkistan terrorist forces." Officials, for example, blamed an August 2008 attack on a military police unit that was out for its morning jog -- an incident that led to the killing of 16 officers -- on a Uighur
, members of a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority who say the Chinese government discriminates against them, entered Cambodia about a month ago with the aid of Christian missionaries and asked for asylum.
The appeals court overturned a ruling by a federal judge a year ago that 17 Uighurs
held at Guantanamo since 2002 should be immediately released into this country.
A crowd have been confronting riot police in China's western city of Urumqi, as hundreds of Han Chinese tried to push past security barriers into an ethnic Uighur
In this shocking yet inspiring autobiography, Uighur
human rights activist Rebiya Kadeer gives a compelling account of her own life, and in so doing, calls attention to the desperate plight of the Uighur
July 25, 2009 (BEIJING) -- Sudan has reaffirmed its support to the Chinese government in the handling of July 5 riots by members of Xinjiang's Uighur
The Islamic Republic, the self-described protector of Muslims around the world, has played down the suppression of Uighur
Muslims in China and blames the recent riots in Uighur
areas on the West.