China Executing, Disappearing Tibetans & Uighurs

Three stories across the wire today regarding the Chinese government’s continued human rights abuses and disregard for the rule of law.

First, the Tibetan political prisoner advocacy group that tracks many cases inside Tibet, GuChuSum, reports that three Tibetans were executed for their participation in the spring 2008 national uprising:

Yesterday,around 11 am (Chinese Standard Time),  three Tibetan political prisoners were shot dead by the Chinese soldiers in Lhasa, according to a reliable source. Among the dead was a girl from Nyenmo County, near Lhasa. One political prisoner was identified as Lobsang Tenzin from Lhasa, TAR. The other one was Amdo Ngaba.

All the three had participated in the 2008 uprising in Tibet.

Tension is rising in Lhasa as more Tibetans are arresting recently by the Chinese police. It is an act to crack-down on Tibetans who had participated in 2008 mass uprising against the Chinese government.

GuChuSum Movement of Tibet is gravely concerned about the well being of all political prisoners languishing in Chinese prisons in Tibet. We appeal the international community to exert pressure on the Chinese government to release all the political prisoners unconditionally.

Second, the Chinese government has disappeared at least 43 Uighurs in the crackdown following this year’s protests in East Turkestan. Human Rights Watch could document 43 cases, but assume that the actual number is higher.

The Human Rights Watch report disputes that [detentions have followed Chinese law], stating that in most cases, “the men and boys detained in the course of these sweeps and raids have been missing since the security forces took them away.”

“Their families’ attempts to inquire about the relatives at local police stations or with other law-enforcement agencies proved futile,” the report stated. “The authorities either said they had no knowledge of the arrests, or claimed the inquiry was still ongoing without admitting the fact of detention, or simply chased the families away.”

The report called the 43 cases “enforced disappearances,” saying they “are serious violations of international human-rights law” as well as Chinese law.

Lastly the New York Times has an article on Rebiya Kadeer, a leader of the Uighur exile community. The piece by Andrew Jacobs points out that Kadeer’s increased profile over the last year is due both to the Uighur uprising which received international coverage and the Chinese governments vicious and public attacks on her. The Chinese government’s attacks on Kadeer as a mastermind terrorist have fallen completely flat, similarly to nearly identical charges levied by the Chinese government against the Dalai Lama. Kadeer, as a leader of the Uighur World Congress, preaches nonviolence as a means for Uighurs to attain rights and end China’s military occupation of East Turkestan. The Chinese government has still not learned that the propaganda they spin at their citizenry does not work on a skeptical, reality-based global community.

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