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Unregistered
20-12-09, 12:05
Cambodia's Forcible Return of Uighurs to China

Gordon Duguid
Acting Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 19, 2009

On December 19, the Royal Government of Cambodia, at the request of China, forcibly removed a group of 20 Uighur asylum seekers back to China in apparent violation of Cambodiaís international obligations. The United States is deeply concerned about the welfare of these individuals, who had sought protection under international law. We are also deeply disturbed that the Cambodian government decided to forcibly remove the group without the benefit of a credible process for determining refugee status and without appropriate participation by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

The United States strongly opposed Cambodiaís involuntary return of these asylum seekers before their claims have been heard. This incident will affect Cambodia's relationship with the U.S. and its international standing.

Now that the group has been returned to China, we urge the government of China to uphold international norms and to ensure transparency, due process and proper treatment of persons in its territory. We continue to stress to all parties concerned the importance of respecting human rights and honoring their obligations under international law.

Unregistered
20-12-09, 12:19
The US has expressed deep concern about the fate of 20 Uighur asylum seekers deported from Cambodia back to China.

A statement by the US embassy in Phnom Penh came a day after the Uighurs were put on a plane to China, despite pleas from the UN refugee agency.

The agency condemned the expulsions, saying Cambodia had committed a grave breach of international refugee law.

The Uighurs fled to Cambodia after mass ethnic riots in China in July. Beijing has referred to the group as criminals.

Human rights organisations have warned that the asylum seekers are likely to face persecution on return to China.

Intense pressure

"The United States is deeply concerned about the welfare of these individuals, who had sought protection under international law," the US embassy in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh said in Saturday's statement.

"We are also deeply disturbed that the Cambodian government decided to forcibly remove the group without appropriate participation by the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees."

The embassy also urged China to "uphold international norms and to ensure transparency, due process and proper treatment of persons in its territory".

Friday's expulsions followed intense pressure by China and came just two days before a visit to Cambodia by Chinese Vice-President Xi Jingping.

There has been no immediate comment from the Chinese foreign ministry.

Turdi Ghoja
20-12-09, 13:42
As an Uyghur I appreciate US's response and involvement in this incident. However, this response was easily predictable. US has a very valid reason to be upset, not as much because of Uyghurs as of itself. This incident is one more indication yet that US is no longer considered the super power among China's neighbors. A small country dare to ignore US and UN and blatantly violate basic international rules in favor of China says a lot. US and UN are helpless in front of an increasingly aggressive China who refuse to play by UN rules even though it is one of the five countries with veto power. UN is an international instrument established by Western powers. A new confident China said "no" one more time to the West that is in clear decline.

US and UN did all they could, but they are just as helpless as we Uyghurs are when it comes to China. They have already stamped the seal of approval of China's superpower status several times lately. And China is clearly enjoying that newfound standing in each and every way it can. Uyghurs and Tibetans are first none-Chinese peoples that have been trampled under the weight of a stronger China. If the world continues to sell out its courage and principle (if any left) for Chinese money, we won't be the last. If US spread freedom and democracy as a super power, China with its 1.3 billion overzealous nationalists will spread pain and suffering as far as it can reach. The whole world would not be enough for a hungry China with a population twice the size of the whole developed world's combined.

If we want to blame any one on this, we can blame only ourselves, because some of us failed to see this coming and refused to listen the advice of others who did. Some people in the decision making circle were reluctant to let them escape even when pushed quite hard, because that would have been only the beginning of the hard and difficult work needed to save them. In essence, we did not have one tenth of the courage of those 20 people who came so far overcoming all the difficulties imaginable in an incredible journey. In the end our cowardice costed their lives.

Unregistered
21-12-09, 05:10
Some people in the decision making circle were reluctant to let them escape even when pushed quite hard, because that would have been only the beginning of the hard and difficult work needed to save them. In essence, we did not have one tenth of the courage of those 20 people who came so far overcoming all the difficulties imaginable in an incredible journey. In the end our cowardice costed their lives.

what do you mean some people and what the 22 refugees wanted? I would have given whatever I have to save them. Why what they needed not made at least on this list? I would have flown to Cambodia if needed too and I had tried to contact them around Dec15 through one of the human rights organization, but the Cambodia gov just moved them to a military garrison. Too late..

Please clarify regarding what you mean above... This will help us to prevent such mistakes in the future...

Unregistered
22-12-09, 10:40
Uyghurs should start protesting around the world

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Deportation of the 20 Uyghurs by Cambodia to the hands of Chinese communists is one of the most tragic events taken place in 21st century. Unfortunately, this happened at the watch of the entire world, as world knowing that those Uyghurs would face degrading treatment and possible execution. Letting this happen by the western democracies is a clear assault to the soles of those who lost their lives for standing up for ideals of democracy and freedom in wars such as in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq and all other parts of the world. This is a very unique situation that keeping silence is morally displeasing to every freedom loving people around the world. It is displeasing to those who have shed their blood for fighting evil throughout the history. Today in a most tragic way, world stood silent as the communists took those Uyghurs away from Cambodia for their unlawful treatments, disregarding all international covenants Cambodia is bound to. UN by protecting those Uyghurs would have set an example for its effectiveness in protecting human dignity and rights, unfortunately, it failed to fulfill its obligation. This is a darkest day for the Uyghur people, darkest day for the UN and western democracies. I am amazed that there is such a little news coverage of this event in major news outlets in US and the rest of the world. Help exposing the suffering of the Uyghur people and help protecting their human dignity is an most glorious thing all democracies could do. How Uyghur issue is handled and how their aspiration is treated is somehow associated with how events unfold in all war zones in the world including Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq etc. It ought to be of a biggest concern to the world as disregarding the plight of the Uyghurs just grievances could turn them into Islamic fanatics like we see in parts of Afghanistan. Remember, when those people see no light even from democratic nations such as US or Europe, they may go look for ways to arm themselves with ideals which is impossible to remove. This is a shameful day for UN and darkest day for the Uyghur people.

Unregistered
22-12-09, 13:03
Brothers and sisters let's start protesting around the world. I think we, Uyghurs around the world, should do a protest at the same time and same day in front of Cambodian embassies and Chinese embassies. We should let the world know that how shameless, immoral, and volatile the Cambodian and Chinese government are. It would be different from the protests we have been doing for many years. Let's do this one at the same time and same day around the world. I know it is night in some countries while morning in some others, but we can work this out I believe, and it will be different and unique. Let's spread the news to the world that a shameless action as Cambodia did will not be tolerated any more. We should let them know that such an action will be punish if anyone try again.

Unregistered
22-12-09, 14:11
what do you mean some people and what the 22 refugees wanted? I would have given whatever I have to save them. Why what they needed not made at least on this list? I would have flown to Cambodia if needed too and I had tried to contact them around Dec15 through one of the human rights organization, but the Cambodia gov just moved them to a military garrison. Too late..

Please clarify regarding what you mean above... This will help us to prevent such mistakes in the future...

I think it is already clear enough; if it is more clear than this somebody in the decision making circle has to be jailed and punished for the misleading and mishandling the situation, unfortunately, we donít have any jail or judiciary system right now, all we have are totalitarian leaders. But itís clear to everyone who is to blame.

Unregistered
22-12-09, 15:21
It is a clear signal. Besides some stronger countries no one of the Chinese neighbor will dare to resist to China. Combodia is more than happy to do the fever for China, a strong neighbor and a new leader that is able to challenge any power. Why follow rule from UN? When new gray rule exist, UN is Gone With Wind, super powers are not strong anymore when facing a soft tangling web, because they used to deal with boxing but not Taiji.

When the soft webs of spiders tie up the Giants' hands and foods, when it sucking their juicy brain and leave their giant body intact, we know who is the real failor. Who said Spider's leader do not have Hitlor's stratergy? We will realize that Hitlor run the army, Chinese run the people; One is faster one is slower, one is boxing the other is Taiji webing; However the outcome is the same.

When spider's power exceed the Giant, the painful sucking will start. Do you feel that many countries have been webbed and losing their breath slowly?

They hope Uyghur fight out spider, so they could stand behind to weaken the spider without losing a penny. But, Uyghur is too weak and have been wraped and weakened in the spider's web for too long and suffering from the brain sucking now. Let them fight along will just make them die faster! The spider's web have been reaching beyong its terrtory, waiting for a world event to reorganize and expand to get more brain to suck. Established a new world spider rule! Who listern or do not listern both are 'brains' to be sucked up. That is why the neighbor's trying to do the fever, because the process is too slow to let them fear about the tie.

Combodia might be the next autonomous region of CHina for brain sucking game if its territory occupied by old China some time in the history. Other country will follow the steaky web that have been tied in slowly.

Unregistered
22-12-09, 16:07
Now there are only two things to do: 1. UN must sent it's deligation and meet with Uyghurs immidiatly before they get tortured. UNHCR have reveiled who the Uyghurs are. They also violated the international law.
2. UN must sue Cambodjan gov and make punish them, put embargo for violating international law.

Uyghurs should not keep their silence, they have to demonstrate at UN and cambonjan ambessy.

Turdi Ghoja
22-12-09, 22:42
Let's keep it real! If UN could enforce its law, Cambodia and China would not have used it as toilet paper. UN can enforce its laws only when big powers need to screw small guys "legally". Mistakes about the 22 people were made because we failed to recognize this fact. It would be a waste of time demonstrating in front for Cambodia. They do not worth our time. They would do the same thing even after 1000 demonstrations, because they are who they are.

Turdi


Now there are only two things to do: 1. UN must sent it's deligation and meet with Uyghurs immidiatly before they get tortured. UNHCR have reveiled who the Uyghurs are. They also violated the international law.
2. UN must sue Cambodjan gov and make punish them, put embargo for violating international law.

Uyghurs should not keep their silence, they have to demonstrate at UN and cambonjan ambessy.