Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Who Are The "Good Guys" Here?

China accused of crushing campaign against Muslim Uighurs

Tue Apr 12, 2:25 AM ET

BEIJING (AFP) - China is directing a crushing campaign of religious repression against Muslim Uighurs in the name of anti-separatism and counter-terrorism, a report by two US-based human rights groups said. "At its most extreme, peaceful activists practicing their religion in ways that the Party and government deem unacceptable are arrested, tortured, and at times executed," said the 114-page report by Human Rights Watch and Human Rights in China...


See also:

Uighur detainee denies working with al Qaeda

By Guy Taylor
Published November 8, 2004

U.S. NAVAL BASE GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba -- A terrorism suspect held nearly three years here says he was fleeing persecution in China when U.S.-backed Northern Alliance rebels arrested him in Afghanistan and handed him over to U.S. forces soon after the September 11 attacks.
At a hearing last week on his status as an "enemy combatant," the 33-year-old identified himself as an ethnic Uighur, a population of Muslims in western China, where separatist factions are fighting for independence.
The man, along with about 20 other Uighurs held at Guantanamo, poses an awkward problem for the United States, because returning them to their home country if they are cleared means putting them in the hands of a communist regime accused of routinely violating human rights...


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