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31-07-09, 01:38
Kadeer says nearly 10,000 'disappeared' in China unrest
Agence France-Presse
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2009-07-30 12:32 AM

Exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer charged yesterday that nearly 10,000 people "disappeared" in ethnic unrest in China's northwest this month and expressed disappointment at the U.S. response to the violence.

Kadeer, the U.S.-based head of the World Uighur Congress, said that "the Chinese government is trying to destroy the Uighur people," speaking during a Japan visit that angered the communist government in Beijing.

Speaking through an interpreter and citing local sources, she said "close to 10,000 people in Urumqi disappeared in one night" when authorities cracked down from July 5 on the unrest in the mainly Muslim region of Xinjiang.

"Where did those people go?" she said. "If they died, where did they go?"

Kadeer, 62, claimed that Chinese police used machine guns to randomly shoot Uighur people after dark after the electricity was turned off, and that the following morning large numbers of Uighur men had gone missing.

Beijing accuses the mother-of-11 and grandmother of being a "criminal" and a separatist who instigated the unrest - which the government says left 197 people dead, most of them Han Chinese killed by angry Uighur mobs.

"I was not involved in the incident," Kadeer told the Tokyo press conference.

"If China says I did it, I want them to show evidence. If the international community judges it as evidence, I would acknowledge that."

Kadeer instead charged that "the responsibility lies with the authorities who changed what was a peaceful demonstration into a violent riot."

"For Uighurs, taking part in demonstrations is like committing suicide."

Kadeer - who was jailed in China from 1999 to 2005 and now lives in exile in a suburb of Washington - was on a three-day visit in Japan.

China has also complained to Australia over a planned visit next week by Kadeer, the foreign affairs department in Canberra said yesterday.

"The matter has been discussed several times, both in Canberra and Beijing," an official said, declining to give further details.

Kadeer is due to attend the Aug. 8 launch in Melbourne of the documentary "10 Conditions of Love," which depicts her life story and which prompted Chinese attempts to have it pulled from the city's film festival.


31-07-09, 01:41
Exiled Uighur leader calls for global support
Written By:Christine Muchiri/ AFP , Posted: Wed, Jul 29, 2009

Exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer was in Japan Wednesday to urge global support for her "massacred" people following deadly unrest in western China, as Beijing pressed the United States to rein her in.

Kadeer, 62, the US-based head of the World Uighur Congress, said she would state the case of her mainly Muslim minority, after clashes in Xinjiang this month between Uighurs and Han Chinese that Beijing says left 197 people dead.

In a closed meeting with members of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Kadeer reiterated her claim that the true death toll across the remote western region was in the thousands, the Nikkei daily said in an online report.

Kadeer was due to give a press conference in Tokyo at 0500 GMT.

Beijing accuses the mother-of-11 of being a "criminal" who instigated the violence and has strongly protested against Japan for granting her a visa while also pressing the United States and other countries to shun her.

China's foreign ministry on Monday expressed its "strong dissatisfaction" with Japan for allowing entry to Kadeer, who spent around six years in a Chinese prison before being released under US pressure in 2005.

Japan's top government spokesman, Takeo Kawamura, said Tuesday that Kadeer's visit "was organised by civil groups, not an event by the government."

"We don't consider that her visit to Japan itself will negatively impact the Japan-China relationship," Kawamura told a regular press briefing.

Foreign ministry spokesman Kazuo Kodama said that Kadeer was granted a visa in line with Japanese laws and procedures, and stressed that no Japanese government officials had plans to meet her.

Kadeer who was greeted on arrival Tuesday by a small group of supporters waving the blue flags of East Turkestan, as they call Xinjiang said she would state her people's case during her three-day visit.

"My aim in visiting Japan is for the Japanese people to understand how terribly our people are being massacred and repressed," Kadeer said.

"I hope Japan's government and people will help us escape these severe conditions. In future, I hope many other countries will also approve my visits so that I can work on promoting people's understanding about the Uighurs."

China on Tuesday blocked the signal of Japanese broadcaster NHK when it showed footage of Kadeer's arrival at Tokyo's Narita airport, Kyodo News reported.

Beijing has also campaigned for other countries to deny Kadeer a platform.

In Washington, China's vice foreign minister Wang Guangya on Tuesday said his side had asked the United States to "restrain and prevent" anyone from using its soil to conduct "separatist activities against China."

In Australia, Melbourne International Film Festival director Richard Moore this week accused Chinese officials of trying to bully him into pulling a documentary about her called "Ten Conditions of Love."

Kadeer, meanwhile drew support from another figure who has long been a thorn in Beijing's side, the Dalai Lama, who told an audience in Warsaw that, like him, Kadeer believed in non-violence and was not seeking a separate state.

Speaking on the Xinjiang situation, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader added: "Using force, this will never bring genuine harmony. Harmony must come based on trust, and trust you cannot bring by a gun