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Dec 30, 2005

Burhan Zunun, a Uyghur from Ghulja in East Turkistan, died at mid-day on December 29 in hospital in Denmark, apparently as a result of injuries sustained during an attempted suicide in police detention on Christmas Day.

Dec 20, 2005

The prop plane packed with businessmen swoops into this once-sleepy oasis town in far western China, flying low over the spectacular Tian Shan mountain range, now snowcapped.

Dec 19, 2005

During his recent trip to Japan, South Korea, China, and Mongolia, President Bush extolled the region's wave of democratization as "one of the greatest stories in human history" and lamented the holdouts who are "out of step with their neighbors and isolated from the world."

Dec 15, 2005

China has called on the United States not to provide a platform for separatists, after a Chinese Muslim leader reported abuses at a Congressional hearing.

Dec 15, 2005

When U.S. forces freed Saddiq Ahmad Turkistani from a Taliban prison in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in late 2001, the detainee met with reporters at a news conference and told U.S. officials that he had been wrongly imprisoned for allegedly plotting to kill Osama bin Laden.

Dec 13, 2005

Judge nears decision on fate of 15 Guantanamo detainees
Military tribunal ordered release of Chinese Muslims

Dec 13, 2005

A federal judge in Washington said yesterday that he will consider allowing two detainees in the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to appear before him in court to challenge their confinement, telling lawyers that the ethnic Uighurs who have been cleared for release have been held too long.

Dec 11, 2005

With no fewer than 47 ethnic groups thronging the local markets, it's not surprising that China's vast Xinjiang province is the place for rare and unusual delicacies - and the best naan in the world. Fuchsia Dunlop reports

Dec 9, 2005

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) takes the opportunity of World Human Rights Day on December 10 to remind the world of the case of Abduhelil Zunun, a Uyghur sentenced to 20 years in prison in November 2001 for translating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) into the Uyghur language.

Dec 8, 2005

The current (Dec. 1) issue of The Economist includes a profile of "China's far west"—a region variously known as Xinjiang (to the Chinese), or East Turkestan or Uighurstan to its indigenous inhabitants, the Turkic and Muslim Uighurs.


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