Unemployment is one of the biggest challenges facing the Uyghur people in East Turkestan.
For immediate release
September 26, 2016 10:35 am EST
Contact: Uyghur Human Rights Project +1 (202) 478 1920
In advance of China’s national day on October 1st, celebrating 67 years since the founding of the People’s Republic, the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) wishes to draw attention to the P.R.C.’s continued human rights violations in East Turkestan. The national and regional governments continue to create a legal framework for these violations, most recently with the passage of local implementation guidelines for its national Counter-Terrorism law.
UHRP is concerned that the “Xinjiang Autonomous Region Implementing Measures of the Counter-Terrorism Law of the Peoples Republic of China[i]” passed by the regional government on July 29th and coming into force on August 1st constitutes a continuation of the government’s passage of legislation that will be used to infringe upon the human rights of Uyghurs in East Turkestan.
Specifically, UHRP is concerned that:
UHRP continues to encourage observers to remain skeptical that the new guidelines will be implemented transparently and in a manner consistent with internationally agreed upon human rights standards. UHRP remains firm in its condemnation of terrorism but remains skeptical of the Chinese government’s linking all incidents to a coordinated overseas Uyghur threat.
UHRP has now released a Chinese version of our briefing on the original national level Counter-Terrorism Law. The passage of the regional counter-terrorism law does nothing to assuage UHRP’s concerns about the national level law, namely that the definition of what constitutes terrorism has been left deliberately vague in order to give the authorities the ability to use terrorism prosecutions as a tool to maintain its power, not to protect the country’s citizens. Indeed the new details seem to underscore that the regulation is aimed at the Uyghur population and may be used to suppress legitimate religious and cultural expression and peaceful political dissent.
UHRP believes that these implementation guidelines for the national counter-terrorism law will to little to resolve the issues in East Turkestan. Instead of addressing the issues of economic marginalization of the Uyghur population, the repression of free religious practice and use of the Uyghur language as well as the increasing atmosphere of suspicion towards Uyghurs, the guidelines clearly indicate that authorities intend to continue and increase the militarization of the region. The implementation guidelines suggest that authorities continue to regard East Turkestan as a “battlefield”.
For the full briefing please see: http://docs.uyghuramerican.org/pdf/CounterTerrorBriefing.pdf