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Chinese Regime Criticized for Sentencing Uighur Journalist

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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
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/25/world/asia/25china.html
Report says Uighur journalist jailed in China for 15 years
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100723/wl_asia_afp/chinaxinjiangunresttrial
China jails writer for 15 years for 'endangering state security'
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/25/writer-jailed-15-years