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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.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

China cuts Uighur's sentence

BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | China cuts Uighur's sentence

It's all happening folks!

Kadeer courtesy BBCThe BBC have reported that one of China's most prominent Uygur prisoners has had her sentenced reduced by one year.

Rebiya Kadeer was a prominent millionaire Uygur businesswoman in Xinjiang prior to being arrested in 1999 and charged with supplying "state secrets to a foreigner", the good old Chinese standby charge. Her defense was that she was just posting legally obtainable local newspapers to her husband living in the USA.

She is now due for release in 2006 instead of 2007.

This follows hotly upon the release of another prominent prisoner the "Tibetan Singing Nun" who was early released last week.

As well it is very soon after China's drubbing at the hands of the U.S. State Departments annual countries Human Rights report and co-incident with new Human Rights Constitutional Amendments to be debated on by the Chinese National Congress this week. It also precedes the UN Human Rights Annual meeting in Geneva mid month where it was mooted that the US would seek a resolution condemning China's Human Rights Record.

In another article today (see below) I suggested that China may already have done enough to dissuade the US from this course of action. The Kadeer notification could just be the cream on the cake.

In the last week China has:

  • Early released a high profile Tibetan "Singing Nun"
  • Allowed a former Foreign Minister to state human rights would be a government priority in the 21st Century
  • Allowed (directed?) a prominent Chinese academic to mildly criticise China's Human Rights record and suggest China was changing it's ways
  • Provided only a fairly mild rebuke to The State Departments Criticism of the Chinese 2003 HR record and
  • Will most likely this week rubber stamp a proposed constitutional amendent "guaranteeing" basic Human rights to it's citizens. and now,
  • Early release notification of the Uygur prisoner Kadeer

    Heady stuff!