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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, June 10, 2004

Terror Attack In Afghanistan

Xinjiang  Uygur China map

Let not this tragedy become a pretext for any crackdowns on the Uygur of Xinjiang

As with any news of acts of terror involving innocent people it is extremely sad to hear of the death of ten Chinese workers in north east Afghanistan. The death of these Chinese citizens must be deplored as a despicable and cowardly act perpetrated by small men who derive their "bravery" only from having a gun in their hands and sneaking under the cover of darkness.

It is hoped that the perpetrators can be quickly caught and brought to justice and Afghan officials are encouraged to pull out all stops to achieve this end.

It is also hoped that just because the incident occurred close to the border Afghanistan shares with China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region that the Chinese government does not employ a "knee jerk" reaction and automatically associate this incident in any way with the Uygur people.

Let there be a full and exhaustive investigation of the incident carried out and then and only then should accusational fingers be pointed as to the suspected perpetrators.

Until such time let us be vigilant that this tragedy is not used by the Chinese government as pretext for any crackdown on the Uygurs whom they constantly refer to as having Separatist and Islamic terrorist associations despite there being very little tangible evidence as to the latter.

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