Hi guest, Register | Login | Contact Us
Welcome to Phayul.com - Our News Your Views
Wed 20, Nov 2019 05:04 PM (IST)
Search:     powered by Google
 MENU
Home
News
Photo News
Opinions
Statements &
Press Releases

Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
Interviews
Travels
Health
Obituaries
News Discussions
News Archives
Download photos from Tibet
 Latest Stories
His Holiness the Dalai Lama leaves for Delhi and Aurangabad
Indian official warned over meeting Dalai Lama prior to Investors' Summit in Dharamshala
Governor of Himachal Pradesh calls on the Dalai Lama
Phayul Plus: 2nd Episode
Two-day Health festival organized by Tibetan Cancer Society concludes
Kashag mute on delay in issuing official apology in Case no. 20
CTA rejects Chinese Ambassador’s claim over reincarnation of Buddhist masters
China plans its own Yellowstone on the Tibetan Plateau
Dalai Lama wishes former US President Jimmy Carter swift recovery
His Holiness interacts with members of Young Presidents’ Organisation (YPO) from Nepal
 Latest Photo News
Shrutika Sharma from Nainital, Uttrakhand, wins the Miss Himalaya Pageant 2019, seen with her are first runners up Shalika Rana and second runners up Sapna Devi. Oct. 13, 2019 Phayu Photo: Kunsang Gashon
Nearly 3000 Students from eight countries listened to teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Three day annual teachings for youth began today. June 3, 2019. Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is being escorted to the teaching site at Tsuglakhang temple, May 13, 2019. Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
more photos »
Advertisement
Torch relay worsens China crackdown: Uighur leader
AFP[Monday, May 05, 2008 09:45]
BEIJING — The planned route of the Olympic torch through China's restive Xinjiang region is worsening Chinese repression there and should be cancelled, a leader of the area's ethnic Uighur population has said.

Rebiya Kadeer, head of the Uighur American Association, told AFP that security forces were rounding up many people ahead of the flame's circuit of the western region late next month.

"The Chinese authorities have been heavily cracking down on the Uighurs in order to bring the torch through East Turkestan," Kadeer said, using the Uighur term for the region.

"We have learned that many Uighurs are being detained and arrested by the Chinese authorities to prevent their peaceful protests in relation to the torch," she told AFP in an e-mailed answer to queries.

Leaders of Xinjiang's Uighurs, a Muslim central Asian people who have long chafed under Beijing's control, accuse China of harsh oppression and policies that they say are aimed at extinguishing their culture.

"I am opposed to the torch passage because it comes with severe repression of the Uighur people," she said.

Kadeer's comments follow allegations Saturday by another overseas Uighur leader that more than 10,000 people were believed to have been rounded up in Xinjiang over the past four to five months.

"Everywhere, homes, hotels are searched. People are arrested," Dolkun Isa, secretary general of the Munich-based World Uighur Congress, told AFP in Tokyo.

"Even people with no past records have been arrested simply because they look suspicious."

Kadeer, who spent six years in a Chinese jail from 1999-2005 and now lives in exile in the United States, also repeated her charge that China fabricated recent claims that it broke up Xinjiang-based terror cells targeting the Olympics.

"China is using the occasion to host the 2008 Olympics as an opportunity to further demonise the Uighur people's legitimate and peaceful struggle and justify its heavy-handed repression in East Turkestan," she said.

China plans to bring the torch to Xinjiang on June 25-27 as part of a relay through the mainland that began on Sunday in the lead up to the August Olympics.

The torch's international relay route has been marred by protests against China's human rights record and crackdown on Tibet.
Print Send Bookmark and Share
  Readers' Comments »
Be the first to comment on this article

 Other Stories
Tibet's government in exile: Talks with China went off well
US: China-Dalai Lama talks should address Tibetan grievances
A Tibetan woman succumbs to torture
Obituary: Eminent Gandhian Nirmala Deshpande passes way
The Chinese are upset again
Dalai Lama has committed 'monstrous crimes': China's state press
Torch relay worsens China crackdown: Uighur leader
Indian Intellectual's Peace March in support of Tibet
Day 50 of continued protest in New York
SHADOW TIBET: Jamyang Norbu's Selected Writing 1989 to 2004
Cycle Relay by RTYC- Pokhara
Advertisement
Advertisement
Photo Galleries
Advertisement
Phayul.com does not endorse the advertisements placed on the site. It does not have any control over the google ads. Please send the URL of the ads if found objectionable to editor@phayul.com
Copyright © 2004-2019 Phayul.com   feedback | advertise | contact us
Powered by Lateng Online
Advertisement