» 08/03/2012, 00.00
Rebiya Kadeer slams Beijing's repression during the sacred month of Ramadan
Uyghur leader slams recent convictions of 20 Uyghurs on terrorism charges as well as the central government's restrictions on Uyghurs in Xinjiang during the sacred month of Ramadan.
Xinjiang: Muslim students forced to eat during Ramadan
Teachers note who does not eat or drink, threatening students with expulsion from university or no diplomas. Many students fast in secret. People using the internet to spread "religious extremist violent terror video" get sentences ranging from 15 years to life. Uygur spokesperson says Beijing is afraid of losing its information monopoly.
Xinjiang: government bans fasting and "other religious activities" during Ramadan
The Muslim holy month, which began yesterday, requires fasting from dawn to dusk. Beijing tightens its grip over the province, home to nearly nine million Muslim Uighurs. Civil servants, students and teachers must follow the guidelines. Uighur leader slams ban as “a provocation” that “will only lead to instability and conflict.”
Xinjiang: more than 200 Uighurs arrested in connection with the Urumqi attack
The government announces the results of the raid launched after Thursday's attack at the Urumqi Railway Station. Some 23 extremist groups have been broken up and more than 200 explosive devices seized. Islamist ideology is spreading to the province through the internet.
Five more Uyghurs sentenced to death in Xinjiang
For Rebiya Kadeer, they “will face the same fate of the nine men executed in November if the world remains silent”. In the aftermath of July unrest, China continues its crackdown on the province’s indigenous population.
Four Uyghurs sentenced to death in Xinjiang
Two others get 19 year in prison. All of them are accused of terrorism, murder and arson. However, Uyghurs say that the police crackdown transformed their peaceful demonstrations into a confrontation. The four sentenced to death were tortured and their lawyers allowed to see them only an hour before their trial.
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