Secret genocide against the Uyghurs in East Turkistan

Uploaded on Dec. 16, 2011

Tania Branigan and Dan Chung were the first Western journalists on the scene of brutal conflict between Uighurs and Han Chinese which left 197 dead in the capital of Xinjiang, north western China. This ten minute documentary follows the developing events.

The Uighur Dilemma

Geupload op 22 dec 2011

Kashgar stands at the very western edge of China — an oasis city that has long provided relief for travellers on the ancient Silk Road.

Parts of the city have stood for more than 2000 years and within its labyrinth, Uighur traditions have played largely unchanged over time. It’s a living history attracting hordes of tourists every year.

But Beijing is bringing in the bulldozers – knocking down great swathes of the old town — because it says there is an increasing risk of devastation from earthquake. Officials say they’re worried about the safety of the people who live there.

The Uighurs though are a Muslim majority in the city and the region and many residents suspect other motives. They believe Beijing’s agenda is to push the Uighurs out of the alley ways and corners of old Kashgar and into more manageable and uniform accommodation where they can be monitored and better kept in check.

China correspondent Stephen McDonell has managed to gain extraordinary access to Kashgar, its residents and local leadership, to assess the motives behind the demolition program and to explore more broadly the strategic security problems Beijing is trying to contain and cauterise.

McDonell manages to gain entry to a highly sensitive security zone outside Kashgar for a bigger picture. Across the mountains in one direction Pakistan is locked in battle with the Taliban in another Afghanistan is facing the same extremist threat. The Chinese government holds grave concerns that Muslim terrorism could find fertile ground here. The Foreign Correspondent team happens upon a full scale anti-terror exercise and films from a distance.

But there’s also the developing domestic friction. In early July violence erupted between the Uighurs and the otherwise dominant Han Chinese — many of whom are resettling Uighur territory.

In the region’s capital Urumqi, it’s estimated as many as 200 people were killed and many more injured. About one thousand were arrested after troops moved in.

Broadcasted By ABC News…


One response to “Secret genocide against the Uyghurs in East Turkistan

  1. Uploaded on: Sept. 15, 2011
    China’s minority Uighur community, the majority of whom live in the northeastern autonomous region of East Turkistan (so-called Xinjiang ), fear they could be left isolated by Chinese government plans to modernise and develop the region economically.

    This region is the country’s largest natural gas-producing areas but as Al Jazeera’s Melissa Chang reports from Kashgar, it is also one of the poorest.

    The Uighurs, a Muslim Turkic ethnic group who have long complained they are victims of government discrimination and repression, say China’s declaration of Kashgar, a city in East Turkistan (so-called Xinjiang ),, as a Special Economic Zone, will probably benefit the country’s predominant Han Chinese at their expense.

    They say their jobs and land are under threat as a consequence of a massive influx of Han Chinese migrants.

    Meanwhile, courts in East Turkistan (so-called Xinjiang ), have sentenced four Uighurs to death on Tuesday for their role in violence that left 32 dead in July, the regional government said in a statement on its official website.

    The government blamed so-called religious separatists for “terrorism, arson and murder” in the region’s cities of Kashgar and Hotan. It also said they aim to establish an independent state called East Turkestan.

    But the World Uighur Congress, a Germany-based exile group, said the convicted had been tortured while in detention and were given only very limited access to lawyers.

    “The so-called open trial is a special type of Chinese political swindle,” Dilxat Raxit, spokesman of the group, said in an statement.

    Geoff Crothall, a researcher at the China Labour Bulletin, a rights group, said social problems and ethnic tensions in the region would probably escalate as the government implements new economic projects there.

    “If you just look at the population figures of East Turkistan (so-called Xinjiang ),, only two million people there actually have a residency card, while about 12 million others are just migrant workers,” he told Al Jazeera.

    “The Uighurs, the indigenous group in Kashgar, are going to be subject to a flood of Han Chinese as well.

    “Because it’s always the Han Chinese migrant workers who build the new office buildings, new factories, and that is clearly going to create further tension in the future.”

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