Wednesday, October 21, 2009

China: Uighur Detainees ‘Disappeared’ After Xinjiang Protests

Chines Government Should Account for Every Detainee

Human Rights Watch, October 20, 2009
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Uighur women grieve for men who they claim were taken away by Chinese auhtorities after the July 5-7, 2009 protests in Urumqi, China on July 7, 2009.

© 2009 AP Photo/Ng Han Guan
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Ku Huakua, a 25-year-old Han Chinese vegetable vendor was killed by a Uighur mob on the night of July 5th. His mother shows his photos in their home after returning from identifying his body. Urumqi, July 7, 2009.

© 2009 Alan Chin

The Chinese government says it respects the rule of law, but nothing could undermine this claim more than taking people from their homes or off the street and ‘disappearing’ them.

Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch

(New York) – The Chinese government should immediately account for all detainees in its custody and allow independent investigations into the July 2009 protests in Urumqi and their aftermath, Human Rights Watch said in a new report on enforced “disappearances” released today.

The 44-page report, “‘We Are Afraid to Even Look for Them’: Enforced Disappearances in the Wake of Xinjiang’s Protests,” documents the enforced disappearances of 43 Uighur men and teenage boys who were detained by Chinese security forces in the wake of the protests.

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