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14-05-12, 06:44
The exiled head of the World Uyghur Congress, Rebiya Kadeer told those assembled that Beijing's policy of "forcible assimilation" was unacceptable in a modern democracy.

"The Chinese government says it is assimilating and eventually eliminating the Uighur people and other indigenous people... meanwhile China is becoming a global power," she told the opening of the congress.

"We are peacefully struggling and hope the Chinese government will stop the repressing of Uighur people... and take political reforms to change their authoritarian rule.

"Chinese-style communism, Chinese-style human rights and Chinese-style democratisation is not up to date," said Kadeer, who lives in exile in the United States.

"The only thing left to China... is to embrace democracy and peace... and to stop the forcible assimilation of Uighurs and other peoples," she said, a reference to ethnic Mongols and Tibetans who have their own independence struggles.

China considers the WUC a "splittist" organisation and has condemned Japan's issuing of a visa for Kadeer, who last visited the country in 2009.

Kadeer said participants from more than 20 countries were at the m

14-05-12, 07:20