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A Chinese court has sentenced a prominent Uighur journalist to 15 years in prison, on charges of “endangering state security.”
The journalist, Gheyret Niyaz was convicted by a court in Urumqi on Monday.
Human rights groups and supporters worldwide have condemned the ruling against Mr. Niyaz. They suggest he’s the latest victim of a CCP-led witch hunt against Uighur intellectuals. Head of Human Rights Watch in China, Sharon Hom called the 15-year sentence on Mr. Niyaz (quote) “draconian.”
The charges against Mr. Niyaz seem to come from an interview he gave in August last year to a Hong Kong based news publication, Asia Weekly. He said, he had warned officials of potential violence a day before the July 5th ethnic riots broke out in Xinjiang province, but that the officials had ignored his warning.
China Faces Criticism for Sentence of Journalist
Report says Uighur journalist jailed in China for 15 years
China jails writer for 15 years for 'endangering state security'