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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Amnesty international Recommendations to the 2004 UN Commission on Human Rights

Amnesty International - Library - Amnesty international 2004 UN Commission on Human Rights Mission: to promote and protect human rights(1) Summary:

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In it's just released paper to the UN Human Rights Commission which is due to meet in Geneva next week, Amnesty International has highlighted the use of the "War On Terror" as a,guise to mask the continued persecution of the Uygur ethnic minority of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

The Uygur who live in the northwest border region are a Caucasian Muslim people who have longed yearned for independence from China. An extract from AI's report states:




Following the attacks of 11 September 2001, the Chinese government has intensified its crackdown on Uighur opponents of Chinese rule and others branded as 'ethnic separatists' in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR), in the west of China including detaining several thousand people. AI is concerned that the new provisions enlarge the scope of application of the death penalty in China and may be used to further suppress freedom of expression and association.(13) "