Urumqi Riots Three Years on – the Crackdown Continues in Xinjiang

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Three years on from riots and mass arrests in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Chinese authorities continue to silence those speaking out on abuses during the unrest.

Amnesty International says new testimony reveals dozens, possibly hundreds, of the Uighur ethnic minority, are still missing. And they claim the Chinese communist regime continues to intimidate people who have reveal human rights abuses during and after the protests.

Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director Catherine Baber says, “Three years on, the government is still silencing people who speak out about July 2009.”

Families seeking information about missing relatives have been intimidated, detained and threatened by the authorities in an effort to stop them petitioning.

On July 5th, 2009 a protest in the regional capital Urumqi against the communist regime’s inaction over the death of a Uighur factory worker in southern China erupted into ethnic rioting, followed by police brutality and arrests.