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Obey your country's laws, Marje Sistani urges Muslims in West
by Mohamed Ali | MONTREAL, Canada
Iraq's Al-Marje Al-Alaa Ali Sistani sent a message to Muslims in Western nations, urging them to obey the laws of the countries in which they live.The fatwa was delivered at a Montreal news conference of prominent Shia Muslims on behalf of Ayatullah Sayyed Ali As-Sistani "Muslims have undertaken to obey the laws of the country of their residence and thus they must be faithful to that undertaking," the statement read. It condemned all acts of violence and encouraged imams to keep a watchful eye on what's going on inside their mosques

Uyghur American Association condemns harsh sentencing of Ilham Tohti International community should call for Ilham Tohti’s immediate release by The Uyghur American Association

Uyghur Human Rights Project and Uyghur American Association September 24, 2014

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Note: The Center for Islamic Pluralism endorses this statement by the Uyghur American Association.]

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) condemns in the strongest terms the life sentencing of Uyghur economist Ilham Tohti and considers the verdict and punishment handed down to Mr. Tohti a clear indicator of China’s derision for international standards of justice. UAA asks all concerned governments to strongly protest Mr. Tohti’s treatment and to pressure China for his immediate release.

UAA believes the sentencing is intended to silence peaceful Uyghur dissenters to Chinese state repression and confirms the government’s disregard for meaningful Uyghur participation in solving regional tensions.

“By heavily sentencing Professor Tohti, China has proven that it has no interest in peace in East Turkestan,” said UAA president, Alim Seytoff in a statement. “China has shown to the whole world that it will show no mercy to any Uyghur who dares to challenge its repressive rule.”
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Sentencing of Uyghur linguist Abduweli Ayup politically motivated Highlights Chinese government assault on Uyghur language by The Uyghur American Association

Uyghur Human Rights Project and Uyghur American Association August 27, 2014

[Note: The Center for Islamic Pluralism endorses this statement by the Uyghur American Association.]

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The Uyghur American Association (UAA) condemns the sentencing of Uyghur linguist Abduweli Ayup on charges of “illegal fundraising.” Mr. Ayup was sentenced to 18 months in prison and fined approximately USD13,000, according to a relative cited in a Radio Free Asia (RFA) article. The sentence was passed on August 21, 2014 after a one-day trial held on July 11, 2014. Based on the verdict, the sentence extends from the date of detention last August.

“There are a number of disturbing aspects to Mr. Ayup’s case. Reports he was denied family visits and accounts of his deteriorating health in custody should set off alarms that the conditions of his detention fell far below international standards and may have influenced the case,” said UAA president, Alim Seytoff in a statement from Washington, DC.

“The Chinese government’s assault on the Uyghur language has been systematic with the establishment of so-called bilingual education in East Turkestan public schools. Now it seems that even individual and private initiatives to protect the Uyghur language are a threat to the Chinese authorities’ assimilative process.”

Mr. Seytoff added: “Punishing peaceful Uyghur scholars, like Abduweli Ayup and Ilham Tohti, who have worked within the Chinese system and entirely within the confines of China’s laws, will not foster trust or good relations between the Chinese state and Uyghur people.”
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CIP Endorses Condemnation of Chinese Extrajudicial Killing of Uyghur Youth Abdulbasit Ablimit by The Uyghur American Association

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Uyghur Human Rights Project and Uyghur American Association April 14, 2014

[Note: The Center for Islamic Pluralism endorses this statement by the Uyghur Human Rights Project.]

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) condemns the extrajudicial killing of 17-year-old Uyghur student Abdulbasit Ablimit by police in Kelpin county, Aksu prefecture. Ablimit was shot alongside two companions after an apparent traffic violation, and police allegedly beat and detained relatives of the victims and local Uyghurs who protested the killing. UAA calls on the international community to remain vigilant to China’s unlawful killing of Uyghurs, which has increased alarmingly in the past year.

Uyghur American Association President Alim Seytoff said in a statement from Munich, Germany: “The unlawful killing of Abdulbasit Ablimit is not an isolated tragedy. As Ablimit’s family mourns his death, authorities have answered their call for justice with a merciless response. A clear pattern has emerged in East Turkestan in which Uyghurs are unlawfully killed by state agents with impunity, and anyone who questions this state brutality is punished. That a young man would lose his life over a traffic violation demonstrates the appallingly little regard China holds for the lives of its Uyghur citizens.”

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CIP Endorses Condemnation of Chinese arrest of Uyghur AIDS activist Akbar Imin Calls for Immediate Release by The Uyghur American Association

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Note: The Center for Islamic Pluralism endorses this statement by the Uyghur Human Rights Project.]

On March 7, the Aizhixing Institute, a Chinese AIDS prevention organization, announced that former employee Akbar Imin had been detained by police in Urumchi on January 15. Imin, who lives in Beijing, was in Urumchi to attend his father’s funeral. He was taken on the same day as Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti was detained in Beijijng. Chinese dissident Hu Jia told Reuters that like Tohti, Imin faces charges related to endangering state security, also possibly in retaliation for championing the rights of Uyghurs.

UHRP Director Alim Seytoff said in a statement from Washington DC: “The detention of Akbar Imin reflects the narrowing space for Uyghurs to say anything at all related to the improvement of their ethnic group, even in the face of a severe AIDS epidemic. That this detention was not known to the outside world for over a month after it took place reflects the lack of transparency with which the government is conducting its crackdown on moderate Uyghurs.”

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“No One in China Is Safe from the Government” Charges Against Uyghur Academic Ilham Tohti by The Uyghur American Association

Uyghur Human Rights Project and Uyghur American Association February 25, 2014

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The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) expresses alarm upon hearing that Uyghur economist Ilham Tohti has been formally arrested and charged with “separatism.” UHRP believes the charge reflects not only a zero tolerance policy to Uyghur dissent, but also the growing intractability of China towards international criticism of its ethnic policies. UHRP challenges the Chinese government to present compelling evidence to prove its charges against Mr. Tohti and to respect its own laws.

It doesn’t matter who you are, no one in China is safe from the government,” said UHRP Director, Alim Seytoff in a statement from Washington, DC. “Outspoken or silent, pro-government or anti-government, moderate or extreme, it is of no concern to the Chinese Communist Party. If you displease the leadership in China for any reason, you’ll quickly find yourself in trouble. The government, through its police force, will not hesitate to trump up charges in order for the courts it controls to rubber stamp guilt and a harsh sentence. The case of Ilham Tohti shows there is no space for constructive Uyghur dissent in China.”

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The Uyghur Human Rights Project launches new Chinese language website by The Uyghur American Association

Uyghur Human Rights Project and Uyghur American Association October 9, 2013

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The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) is proud to unveil its new website in the Chinese language, which it hopes will build bridges between the Uyghur and Chinese communities as they strive to bring democratic reform to China. UHRP believes a Chinese language website will help to draw connections between the struggle for Uyghur human rights and broader Chinese democracy activism.

“The UHRP-Chinese website is an important development in the Uyghur movement for freedom, democracy and human rights,” said UHRP director Alim Seytoff in a statement from Washington, DC. “It is a first-of-its-kind initiative to bring together research, original writing and news on the human rights issues that directly affect the Uyghur and Chinese people. UHRP hopes that through educating the Chinese public on the plight of the Uyghur, we will be able to counteract the demonizing effects of Chinese government propaganda and seek meaningful solutions to the East Turkestan issue.”

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Same Mistakes, No Real Solutions From Beijing’s Misguided 2013 Xinjiang Work Forum by The Uyghur American Association

Uyghur Human Rights Project and Uyghur American Association September 24, 2013

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Chinese state media announced today that the fourth meeting of the “Xinjiang Work Forum” took place on September 23-24, 2013 in Beijing. The Uyghur American Association (UAA) believes that new employment and educational policies outlined at the latest forum employ assimilatory tactics aimed to dilute Uyghur culture and fail to address the authorities’ growing reliance on brute force and repressive policies to ensure regional stability. The absence of any dialogue with the Uyghur population in the forum underscores the top-down approach to the initiative, which cannot solve the region’s most pressing problems.

At the meeting top officials including Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli advocated a policy of migration to bring development and stability – encouraging Uyghurs to leave their homeland and Han to migrate to the region. Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said that to boost employment in the region, minority groups from southern regions and others should be encouraged to seek jobs in other regions. “Xinjiang still faces many special difficulties in development and stability. It needs the support of the entire country,” Yu said. Yu also called for more inland elites to work in East Turkestan, “fostering local talent with professional quality and managerial capabilities,” and providing “talent support.”

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Uyghur American Association calls on Chinese government Substantiate terror claims with an open and independent investigation by The Uyghur American Association

Uyghur Human Rights Project and Uyghur American Association June 28, 2013

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The Uyghur American Association (UAA) casts doubt on Chinese government claims that the June 26, 2013 incident in Lukchun [East Turkestan] was an act of terrorism until an independent verification of events is available. UAA is unequivocally opposed to any form of violence and condemns all violent actions. Furthermore, UAA urges the international community to remain skeptical of Chinese government claims of a terrorist motive in regard to the Lukchun incident, as Chinese state assertions of Uyghur terrorism have consistently lacked confirmation from independent sources.

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The Uyghur American Association honors the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre by The Uyghur American Association

Uyghur Human Rights Project and Uyghur American Association June 4, 2013

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The Uyghur American Association (UAA) expresses unequivocal support for the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre of June 4, 1989. UAA calls upon the Chinese government to embrace democratic reforms and respect the rights of all Chinese citizens. Until the Chinese government provides a full and fair account of the events of June 4, there will be no foundation for the pursuit of freedom and democracy in China today.

“Xi Jinping and the new leadership of China need to wake up to the fact that without a public acknowledgement of the Chinese Communist Party’s responsibility for the killing of innocent students and workers on Tiananmen Square in June 1989, the Chinese government will never find genuine stability in the nation over which they rule. This also applies to the brutality it has shown to Mongolians, Tibetans and Uyghurs who have also fallen victim to the guns of the Chinese authorities,” said UAA President Alim Seyoff in a statement from Washington, DC. “Heavy censorship in the media and online of terms associated with government suppression of legitimate protests in China can never whitewash the truth behind the events on June 4, 1989 in Beijing, February 5, 1997 in Ghulja, July 5, 2009 in Urumchi, in May 2011 in Southern Mongolia and March 2008 in Lhasa.”

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Urge China to Immediately Release Information on Nurmemet Yasin’s Condition by The Uyghur American Association

Uyghur Human Rights Project and Uyghur American Association January 2, 2013

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The Uyghur American Association (UAA) calls on China to immediately release information on Uyghur writer Nurmemet Yasin, who reportedly died over a year ago in a Chinese prison, according to Chinese legal scholar Teng Biao on Twitter two days ago. Yasin was arrested in 2004 for his fictional piece, “Wild Pigeon,” about a young pigeon who commits suicide rather than live in captivity, which Chinese authorities claimed was a veiled attack on the government. Radio Free Asia’s Mandarin service reports that Yasin’s family denies his death and claims to have visited him recently, while Chinese authorities have not revealed any information as to his condition.

In a statement from Washington, DC today, UAA President Alim Seytoff said, “Nurmemet Yasin committed no crime and should never have been imprisoned by China’s government. The sentencing of an innocent writer to ten years in prison for no other cause than his writing clearly highlights the lack of free expression or legal protection for Uyghurs in China. China should immediately inform the world of Nurmemet Yasin’s condition and end the brutal practice of torture in its prison system. The rumors and speculation surrounding this tragedy demonstrate a critical lack of transparency in China’s legal system and especially in the treatment of Uyghur prisoners.”

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