Newsletter No. 14
September 2011    
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(Uyghurs sentenced to death after the 5 July 2009 events)

Top Story
  WUC Condemns Latest Death Sentences of Four Uyghurs in Connection with Hotan       and Kashgar Incidents
Featured Articles
   IV International Uyghur Women’s Seminar, Tallinn / Estonia
  Deportation of Uyghurs from Malaysia continues a disturbing trend of states bowing        to Chinese pressure
Media Work
  VOA Chinese Services Interviews UAA President
  UAA PR: New “Strike Hard” campaign threatens Uyghur population in East Turkestan
  New section “Uyghur Political Prisoners” on WUC-Homepage
  UAA Press Release: Commemorating the victims of September 11
  WUC Press Release on 10th anniversary of 9/11
  WUC on Facebook and Twitter
  Launch of Documentary about Uyghur Community in Munich
Past Events
   WUC Iftar Celebration in Munich
   WUC Secretary General at London School of Economics´Seminar
   XIII UNPO Presidency Meeting
  Uyghur Roundtable at University of Cambridge
   Global Summit against Discrimination and Persecution
  18th Session UN Human Rights Council
Upcoming Events
  Uyghur Demonstrations around the World on 1 October (Chinese National Day)
  4th International March for Freedom of Oppressed Peoples and Minorities
Highlighted Media Articles and reports on Uyghur Related Issues 
  New UHRP Report on Uyghur Asylum Seekers in Europe
  US State Department: New Report on Religious Freedom
  Op-ed by WUC President Rebiya Kadeer in The Huffington Post
  Uyghur Leader Turns to Chinese People
  UAA Report: “Offers They Can’t Refuse: China’s Relations with the Muslim World”
  Book Review: Crackdown on China's Uyghurs
  Op-ed by Rebiya Kadeer: China's Double Game on Terrorism
  China Backs Authoritarian 'Internet Code of Conduct' at UN
More Media Articles

TOP STORY
WUC Condemns Latest Death Sentences of Four Uyghurs in Connection with Hotan and Kashgar Incidents
WUC, 15 September 2011

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) condemns in the strongest possible terms the death sentences handed to four Uyghurs in connection with the violent incidents in Hotan and Kashgar in July 2011 that left around 40 people dead. As state run Tianshannet.com reported yesterday, Abdugheni Yusup, Ablikim Hasan, Muhtar Hasan, and Memetniyaz Tursun were sentenced to death and two other men— Abdulla Eli and Pulat Memet— were sentenced to nineteen years in prison and a five year suspension of their political rights for their part in the attacks. The defendants were convicted of “forming and participating in a terrorist organization, the illegal manufacture of explosives, premeditated homicide, arson, and several other related crimes.”

The speedy conviction of these individuals casts serious doubts on the legitimacy of these trials and the WUC believes that they did not meet international legal standards. In past trials against Uyghurs, confessions were extracted by torture, trial proceedings took place covertly on undisclosed dates, and defendants were denied access to a meaningful defence with lawyers of their own choosing. According to the Tianshannet.com statement, “defendants all confessed to the crimes alleged by the prosecution,” and the WUC has serious fears that these confessions were extracted through torture.

Similar cases in the past have also proved that the death sentence is not only used arbitrarily against Uyghurs who dare to stand up for their basic human rights, but also to intimidate the Uyghur population of East Turkestan as a whole. Amnesty International noted that East Turkestan is the only region in China where political prisoners have been executed in recent years.

While the WUC clearly rejects any act of violence, the WUC is also deeply concerned that the Chinese authorities have not allowed international observers and experts to investigate the Hotan and Kashgar incidents independently. The Chinese government attributed both incidents to “terrorist forces” inside and outside of China. However, it is common that the Chinese authorities equate Uyghurs’ peaceful, political, religious, and cultural activities with terrorism and religious extremism while similar outbreaks of violence in other Chinese regions are never considered “terrorism.” The 9/11 attacks in the US represented a perfect backdrop against which to justify an increased and intensified crackdown on the Uyghur people and since the 5 July 2009 events in Urumqi the oppression of Uyghurs has further increased.

The full press release is available here.

See also:

Four Sentenced to Death
RFA, 14 September 2011

China court sentences four Uighur men to death
The Guardian, 15 September 2011

China sentences four Uighurs to death over Xinjiang riots
The Telegraph, 15 September 2011 



FEATURED ARTICLES
IV International Uyghur Women’s Seminar, Tallinn / Estonia
From 24-26 September 2011, the IV International Uyghur Women’s Seminar, entitled “The Importance of Uyghur Women’s Participation in Promoting Human Rights and Democracy”, took place in Tallinn, Estonia.

The seminar was co-organized by Mr. Juku-Kalle Raid, Member of the Estonian Parliament, the International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation (IUHRDF, http://iuhrdf.org/) and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO, www.unpo.org) and was sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED, www.ned.org).

The main goal of the seminar was to provide a constructive forum for the Uyghur Women from around the world to discuss the current situation of Uyghur women in East Turkestan, to introduce the principles of human rights and democracy to Uyghur Women and to encourage them to involve more actively in the human rights and democracy movement.

The seminar was opened by, Juku-Kalle Raid MP, Estonian Parliament, Andres Herkel MP, Estonian Parliament, Marino Busdachin, UNPO Secretary General, Louisa Coan Greve, Vice President, National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Tunne Kelam, Member of the European Parliament.

Prestigious experts, academics and human rights activists gave presentations and conduct interactive skill training on democracy and human rights, among them Dr. Sue Gunawardena-Vaughn (Senior Program Manager International Religious Freedom & Southeast Asia, Freedom House), Sinchang Chiu (Program Officer, Asia, NED), Dr. Dru Gladney (Professor of Anthropology, Pomona College), Andrew Swan (Programme Manager, UNPO), and Dr. Sean Roberts (Professor of Anthropology, George Washington University).

More than 60 Uyghur human rights activists from ten countries attended the seminar. More information, as well as the programme of the seminar is available here and here.  

Media coverage of the seminar:

Juku-Kalle Raid: uiguuri naiste seminar on võrreldav dalai-laama visiidiga
Delfi, 23 September 2011

Eesmaa: uiguuride külaskäik ei vasta Eesti välispoliitilisele kursile
Delfi, 24 September 2011

Tallinnas toimub uiguuri naiste seminar (Video)
Reporter, 24 September 2011

4-Nöwetlik xelqaraliq uyghur ayallirini terbiyilesh kursi resmiy bashlandi
Radio Free Asia (RFA) Uyghur service, 24 September 2011

4.Uluslar arası Uygur hanımları Demokrasi ve İnsan hakları semineri sona erdi
Gökbayrak, 26 September 2011 

Uyghurs’ slight, elderly leader is no ‘existential threat’ to China
Democracy Digest, 26 September 2011  

Deportation of Uyghurs from Malaysia continues a disturbing trend of states bowing to Chinese pressure
Uyghur American Association, 22 August 2011 

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) condemns in the strongest possible terms the deportation of 11 Uyghurs from Malaysia on August 18, and calls upon the international community to raise the case of the remaining Uyghur asylum seekers, who are currently in danger of being deported from Malaysia to China. The deportation constitutes a flagrant violation of international law on the part of Malaysian officials, and follows an extremely disturbing trend of Uyghurs deported from countries with strong trade and diplomatic ties to China. The Uyghurs deported from Malaysia will be vulnerable to torture, enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention, and execution in China.

Chinese officials have refused to release information about the fates of any of the Uyghurs who have been deported from other countries in recent years, meaning it is likely that no further news will be heard about the Uyghurs deported from Malaysia. The most recent deportation follows the August 8, 2011 deportation of five Uyghurs, including a woman and two young children, from Pakistan; the August 6, 2011 handing over of Uyghur Nur Muhammed from Thai authorities to Chinese officials, who likely deported him; the May 30, 2011 deportation of Uyghur refugee asylum seeker Ershidin Israel from Kazakhstan to China; seven Uyghurs who were deported from Laos in March 2010; 17 Uyghurs who were deported from Myanmar on January 18, 2010, and 19 Uyghurs who were deported from Cambodia on December 19, 2009.

UAA believes this is a horrific global trend that must be stopped. Uyghurs are now being deported at unprecedented numbers from countries that are susceptible to Chinese economic and diplomatic pressure, leaving them with nowhere to flee. Uyghurs are in urgent need of assistance from Western countries and international organizations, including the UNHCR and Interpol, to do more to ensure the protection of Uyghur refugees and asylum seekers. The international community cannot allow China’s fierce suppression of Uyghurs to keep extending its reach beyond China’s borders, as Uyghurs are forced to flee intense repression in East Turkestan.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the 11 Uyghurs who were deported were among 16 Uyghur men arrested by Malaysian authorities on August 6, 2011. One of the 11 men was reportedly married to a Malaysian woman. Amnesty International reported that they believed 18 to 24 Uyghur men, all in their 20s and 30s, had been arrested, although they stressed that the facts were unclear. Amnesty stated that some of the men had sought asylum at the UNHCR, and some of them had family members in Australia.

Malaysian authorities reportedly alleged that the 11 Uyghurs deported to China had been involved in human trafficking and were not refugees. However, the claims of criminality on the part of the Uyghurs are consistent with a pattern exhibited in the recent spate of the forcible deportation of Uyghurs from countries seeking Chinese favor, in that charges of criminal activity have not been substantiated by evidence. In addition, Malaysian authorities’ claim with regard to the refugee status of those deported cannot be independently confirmed, because the UNHCR was not granted access to the men before they were repatriated.

The full press release is available here.

See also:

Uighur arrests and deportation heighten concern over Malaysia deal
Amnesty International Australia, 20 August 2011

Malaysia's Uighur arrests spark international concern
Radio Australia, 22 August 2011

Malaysia Deports Uyghurs
Radio Free Asia, 23 August 2011

Hisham defends decision to deport Uighurs
The Sun Daily, 26 August 2011

Statement of CECC Chairman Christopher Smith and Cochairman Sherrod Brown on Uyghurs Forcibly Returned to China
CECC, 31 August 2011 

China: Account for Forcibly Returned Uighurs: Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan Appear to Succumb to Chinese Demands to Deport
HRW, 2 September 2011 

Deportation Based on Bogus Claim
Radio Free Asia, 7 Sept 2011

Deportees' Whereabouts Unknown
Radio Free Asia, 15 Sept 2011 


MEDIA WORK
VOA Chinese Services Interviews UAA President
On 16 August, Voice of America (VOA) Chinese service interviewed UAA President Alim Seytoff. He talked about the recent violence in Hotan and Kashgar and the reasons why the Uyghur people are not happy under Chinese rule. The video of the interview is available here
UAA PR: New “Strike Hard” campaign threatens Uyghur population in East Turkestan
On 16 August. the Uyghur American Association (UAA) published a press release on the new two-month “Strike Hard” Campaign launched by the Chinese authorities on 11 August 2011. According to the UAA, this new security campaign, presages a brutal campaign of arrests and enforced disappearances in East Turkestan in the upcoming weeks. 
New section “Uyghur Political Prisoners” on WUC-Homepage
On 6 September, the WUC launched a new section on “Uyghur Political Prisoners” on its homepage. The WUC is currently working to finish this new section which provides an overview on cases of Uyghur political prisoners that are known to the public. However, the real number is likely to be much higher, but due to the restrictions imposed by the Chinese authorities to reveal details on imprisoned Uyghurs, it is impossible to determine the exact number.
UAA Press Release: Commemorating the victims of September 11
On 9 September, the UAA issued a press release on the 1oth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, commemoration the victims, criticising at the same time the fact that many governments, among them the Chinese, have manipulated the global war on terror to justify their repression of oppressed peoples, like in the case of the Uyghurs.
WUC Press Release on 10th anniversary of 9/11
On 11 September 2011, the WUC published a press release on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the US in which the WUC stated that under the global war on terror, launched after 9/11, the oppression of the Uyghur people has drastically increased. “The Chinese authorities found in 9/11 the perfect excuse to crackdown on all forms of peaceful political, social and cultural Uyghur dissent and to attribute any out spark of violence in the region to the “three forces” of terrorism, separatism, and religious extremism,“ said WUC President Rebiya Kadeer in the statement.

See also:

AP IMPACT: 35,000 worldwide convicted for terror
AP, 4 September 2011

Insight: China’s war on terror widens Xinjiang’s ethnic divide
Reuters, 9 September 2011

China uses 9/11 to crack down on Xinjiang: World Uyghur Congress
Want China Times, 12 September 2011

Rights Group Says China Uses War on Terror to Crack Down on Uighurs
VoA, 12 September 2011 

China uses 9/11 to crack down on Xinjiang

AFP, 11 September 2011 

WUC on Facebook and Twitter 
We would like to invite all our supporters to “like” WUC´s Facebook page www.facebook.com/uyghurcongress as well as to follow us on Twitter (@UyghurCongress) to stay updated on the latest developments in East Turkestan and on Uyghur human rights.
Launch of Documentary about Uyghur Community in Munich
In September, the German Filmmaker Guido Rambeck launched the DVD of his documentary “The road of the ant” about the Uyhur community in Munich, Germany.

PAST EVENTS
WUC Iftar Celebration in Munich
On 17 August, the WUC organized an Iftar dinner for its supporters in Munich. Around 150 people attended the event, among them member of Turkish organizations in Germany, parliament members, politicians, NGO representatives, journalists, and business people. 
WUC Secretary General at London School of Economics´Seminar
On 8 September, Dolkun Isa, Secretary General of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), participated in the seminar "The traditional trade linkages between Xinjiang/Uyghur and Jammu/Kashmir on the old Silk Road" which took place in the London School of Economics, giving a speech on the “Historical role of Uyghur during the period of ancient Silk Road and current situation in East Turkestan.”
XIII UNPO Presidency Meeting
From 16-18 September, the XIII UNPO Presidency Meeting took place in Brussels, Belgium. WUC Secretary General Dolkun Isa, member of UNPO´s presidency, as well as WUC Representative to the EU Mehmet Tohti attended the meeting.
Uyghur Roundtable at University of Cambridge
On 20 September, a roundtable on the topic of 'Chinese Control over Xinjiang/East Turkistan and Uyghur's Response' was organized in the frame of the 12th Biennial Conference of the European Society of Central Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge. Dr Enver Tohti, Mr Chienyu Shih, Dr Joanne N. Smith Finley, Mr Isa Dolkun, Mr Kaiser Abdurasul, Mr Nury Turkel, Prof Erkin Ekrem, and Mr Ilham Memet were panellists at the roundtable. The programme is available here.
Global Summit against Discrimination and Persecution
A coalition of human rights NGOs held a major summit in New York on 21 and 22 September to impress upon world leaders gathering for the UN General Assembly that "human rights are universal." We Have A Dream: The Global Summit Against Discrimination and Persecution held next to UN Headquarters in New York at the same time as the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly and the 10th anniversary commemoration of the UN’s Durban conference on racism, discrimination and xenophobia. WUC President and Uyghur human rights activist Rebiya Kadeer gave a speech during the event. 
18th Session UN Human Rights Council
From 12 – 30 September, the 18th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) was taking place in Geneva, Switzerland. On 12 September, the Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l'ami é entre les peuples (MRAP) denounced the new “Strike Hard” campaign imposed on East Turkestan in August. On 15 September, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP, www.gfbv.org) made an intervention on item 3 (“Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development”) on the discrimination of the Uyghur language in the education system in East Turkestan. During the general debate on item 4, the US and Czech Republic raised concerns over the ongoing discrimination of Uyghurs in East Turkestan.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Uyghur Demonstrations around the World on 1 October (Chinese National Day)
While the Chinese are celebrating the 1 October (Chinese National Day) as a national holiday to commemorate the foundation of the PRC, for the Uyghurs it is a day of mourning. Uyghur organizations in exile will hold worldwide demonstrations to raise awareness on the situation of the Uyghurs and to protest the occupation of East Turkestan 62 years ago. For details on the WUC-demonstration in Munich, see here.
4th International March for Freedom of Oppressed Peoples and Minorities
Società Libera has been promoting for three years the International March for Freedom in Rome. This is a silent demonstration that aims to rally public opinion in defense of the freedom of Burmese, Iranian, Tibetan and Uyghur Peoples, and to give a wider visibility to the commitment of whoever is fighting for freedom all over the world. This year, the freedom march will take place in Berlin, Paris and Rome on 22 October at 3p.m.  For more information see here. Link to the youtube channel.

HIGHLIGHTED MEDIA ARTICLES AND REPORTS ON UYGHUR RELATED ISSUES
New UHRP Report on Uyghur Asylum Seekers in Europe
A new report by the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), released on 20 September 2011, documents the challenges faced by Uyghur asylum seekers in Europe, and examines the reasons why they fled East Turkestan or Central Asia. “They Can’t Send Me Back: Uyghur Asylum Seekers in Europe” is based on interviews UHRP researchers conducted with 50 Uyghur asylum seekers in Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands in 2010 and 2011. Based on the findings of this report, UHRP provides a number of recommendations for European governments and national asylum authorities with regard to the treatment of Uyghur asylum seekers and the assessment of their claims for protection. The report, They Can’t Send Me Back: Uyghur Asylum Seekers in Europe, can be downloaded here
US State Department: New Report on Religious Freedom
On 13 September, the US State Department Released its July-December 2010 Report on Religious Freedom, in which it highlights the ongoing violation of freedom of religion in East Turkestan, stating, “the (Chinese) government continued to implement measures that strictly regulated religious activity in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region”. The full chapter on China is available here.

See also:
Religious Freedom Worsens In China
VoA, 21 September 2011
Op-ed by WUC President Rebiya Kadeer in The Huffington Post
On 19 August, The Huffington Post published an op-ed by WUC President Rebiya Kadeer entitled “Chinese People Should Listen to Their Hearts, Not the Propaganda of the Chinese Communist Party” in which she calls on the Han Chinese people to seek together with the Uyghurs a democratic future and permanent solutions for deep-rooted problems between the two peoples. The full article is available here.

See also:

Uyghur Leader Turns to Chinese People
Radio Free Asia, 21 August 2011

Call for Responsible Investments
Radio Free Asia, 11 Sept 2011 
UAA Report: “Offers They Can’t Refuse: China’s Relations with the Muslim World”
A UAA new report, “Offers They Can’t Refuse: China’s Relations with the Muslim World”, examines the Chinese government’s relationships with the governments of predominantly Muslim countries, and how these relationships have muted the Muslim world’s response to China’s repression of the Uyghur people. The 24-page report provides insight into the factors motivating Muslim countries to preserve and enhance strong ties to China while remaining silent about human rights abuses that have intensified in the wake of July 5, 2009 unrest in East Turkestan. In light of China’s recent intensified push to expand trade and diplomatic links with Muslim countries on its borders and beyond, it is particularly important to explore the context behind Sino-Muslim partnerships, which appear likely to grow even further in the foreseeable future. The report can be downloaded here.
Book Review: Crackdown on China's Uyghurs
Henryk Szadziewski, Manager of the Uyghur Human Rights Project in Washington, DC, wrote a review of Nick Holdstock´book “The Tree that Bleeds: A Uighur Town on the Edge”. The review is available here.
Op-ed by Rebiya Kadeer: China's Double Game on Terrorism
On 23 September, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed article by WUC-President Rebiya Kadeer entitled “China's Double Game on Terrorism.” As the U.S. and its allies were reflecting on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 atrocities, China's Communist regime manipulated the occasion to present itself as a victim of Islamic extremism. Beijing also accused the U.S. of practicing double standards by not giving unqualified support to its military offensive against what it calls "Muslim separatism" in northwest China. It insisted this campaign is an integral component of the war on terror.
China Backs Authoritarian 'Internet Code of Conduct' at UN
The following article was published in Freedom House´CHINA MEDIA BULLETIN (Issue No. 33: September 22, 2011).

On September 12, delegates from China, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan submitted a joint proposal for a "Code of Conduct for Information Security" at the 66th session of the UN General Assembly. The proposal calls for greater state-based regulation of the internet rather than the current multistakeholder arrangement. The code, which would be voluntary, commits signatories to "curbing the dissemination of information that incites terrorism, secessionism, or extremism, or that undermines other countries' political, economic, and social stability, as well as their spiritual and cultural environment." Syracuse professor and internet-governance expert Martin Mueller warned on his blog that such a provision "would give any state the right to censor or block international communications for almost any reason," including in areas beyond its borders. The proposal also calls on countries to ensure that their networks are not used to carry out "acts of aggression." Notably, two of the states proposing the code-China and Russia-have become notorious as alleged points of origin for cyberattacks and acts of cyberespionage. China was rated Not Free and Russia Partly Free in Freedom House's Freedom on the Net 2011 report. Tajikistan and Uzbekistan were not included in the latest edition of that publication, but are ranked Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2011.


MORE MEDIA ARTICLES
Uyghurs / East Turkestan
China-Eurasia Expo, Urumqi
Tensions Amid Xinjiang Clampdown
Radio Free Asia, 19 August 2011

Expo Sparks Travel Chaos
Radio Free Asia, 30 August 2011

Urumqi In 'Anti-Terror' Lockdown

Radio Free Asia, 1 Sept 2011 

Uighurs in short supply at far western China trade fair

Reuters, 1 September 2011

Controls Remain After Expo
Radio Free Asia, 6 Sept 2011



ABOUT THE UYGHURS
The Uyghur People
The Uyghur people are indigenous to East Turkestan [also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in northwest China]. For many years, the Chinese government has waged an intense and often brutal campaign to repress all forms of Uyghur dissent, crack down on Uyghurs’ peaceful religious activities and independent expressions of ethnicity, dilute Uyghurs’ culture and identity as a distinct people, and threaten the survival of the Uyghur language.

The authorities have routinely equated Uyghurs’ peaceful political, religious, and cultural activities with the “three evils” – terrorism, separatism and religious extremism – and have couched their persecution of the Uyghurs as efforts to quash these “three evils.” The authorities have also economically marginalized the Uyghurs in East Turkestan through intense and blatant racial discrimination in employment.

The Uyghurs are a Turkic people and have long practiced a moderate, traditional form of Sunni Islam, strongly imbued with the folklore and traditions of a rural, oasis-dwelling population.
East Turkestan
East Turkestan lies in the very heart of Asia. Situated along the fabled ancient Silk Road, it has been a prominent centre of commerce for more than 2000 years. The current territorial size of East Turkestan is 1.82 million square kilometers. The neighboring Chinese province annexed part of the territory as a result of the Chinese communist invasion of 1949.

East Turkestan borders with China and Mongolia to the east, Russia to the north, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India to the west, and Tibet to the south.

According to latest Chinese census in 2010, the current population of East Turkestan is 21.81 million including 8.75 million ethnic Han Chinese (40,1%) illegal settled in East Turkestan after 1949 (the ethnic Han Chinese numbered 200,000 in 1949). The Uyghurs make up around 10.2 million Uyghurs (according to the 2000 census; the numbers for 2010 have not been published yet) and constitute still the majority of East Turkestan. However, the population shifts more and more in favor of the Han Chinese and make the Uyghurs strangers in their own land. However, Uyghur sources put the real population of Uyghurs around 20 million.
Events of 5 July 2009
The human rights situation of the Uyghur population in East Turkestan has been dire for decades and has even worsened since the July 2009 protest and ethnic unrest in Urumqi, the capital of East Turkestan.

The July 2009 protest began with a peaceful demonstration by Uyghurs in Urumqi that was brutally and lethally suppressed by Chinese security forces. The Uyghurs were protesting against a lack of government action in regard to a deadly attack on Uyghur factory workers in Shaoguan, Guangdong Province in the south of China. The violent and illegal reaction of the Chinese security forces to the peaceful protest led then to ethnic violence and riots between Uyghurs and Han Chinese, during which hundreds of Uyghur and Han Chinese civilians were killed.

According to data published by the Chinese Xinhua news agency, 197 people were killed, but the World Uyghur Congress estimates – based on eyewitness reports - that more than 1000 people died in the riots. However, until today, the exact death toll on both sides is not clear since so far no independent investigation of these events has been undertaken.

ABOUT THE WORLD UYGHUR CONGRESS
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