11 Sep '11, 4am

China uses 9/11 to crack down on Xinjiang

BEIJING : Over the past decade China has used the global "war on terror" to jail thousands of ethnic Muslim Uighurs in the far-western and restive Xinjiang region, according to a minority rights group. Beijing has attributed any social unrest in Xinjiang to the forces of "terrorism, separatism and religious extremism" and has jailed and even executed alleged perpetrators, the Germany-based World Uyghur Congress said. "The Chinese authorities found in 9/11 the perfect excuse to crack down on all forms of peaceful political, social and cultural Uighur dissent," the exiled head of the Congress, Rebiya Kadeer, said in a statement. "The past decade has proved that the Chinese government is misusing the fight against terrorism to curb Uighur dissent and silence political opponents. "While the number of protests against government policies is increasing day by day in the whole co...

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