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Sep 13, 2006

The World Uyghur Congress called Tuesday on German Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of this week's visit by Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to Germany to lobby for the rights of the Muslim minority in China.

Sep 13, 2006

Word out of China is that Canadian citizen Huseyin Celil, 37, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for alleged terrorist activities.

Sep 13, 2006

According to unconfirmed reports, Husein Dzhelil has been sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment and is currently being held in Baijiahu prison in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR). Some accounts suggest that he is going to appeal against his conviction. Amnesty International fears he is at risk of torture or ill-treatment.

Sep 13, 2006

China on Tuesday denounced the Nobel Peace Prize nomination of a Muslim businesswoman and former political prisoner who has become an outspoken critic of Chinese rule in her homeland.

Sep 13, 2006

To congratulate Rebiya Kadeer, president of Uyghur American Association, for her recent Nobel Peace Prize nomination, Ms. Hajinur Uyghur Setiwaldi writes a powerful poem in the English language. Ms. Setiwaldi describes Rebiya Kadeer as the Mother of Peace who defends the rights of the Uyghur people suffering under China's authoritarian rule.

Sep 12, 2006

China has accused a candidate for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize of maintaining links with terrorist organizations and attempting to undermine China.

Sep 12, 2006

Kamila Telendibaeva has received unconfirmed word that her husband, Muslim activist Huseyin Celil, has been sentenced to 15 years in a Chinese prison.

Sep 12, 2006

A magnitude-5.4 earthquake shook northwestern China early Tuesday, but there were no deaths or damage in the remote, thinly populated area, the government said.

Sep 12, 2006

China today strongly questioned the intentions of those who nominated "secessionist" Rebiya Kadeer for the coveted Nobel Peace Prize after a court in the Communist nation sentenced her for leaking state secrets and endangering national security.

Sep 11, 2006

China announced rules on Sunday requiring foreign media to seek approval from its state news agency to distribute news, pictures and graphics domestically, and warned against reports that ``endanger national security.''

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