People’s Republic of China: Uighurs fleeing persecution as China wages its war on terror

The first section of this report gives an overview of the human rights situation in the XUAR, including recent developments in China’s official propaganda campaign against terrorism. The second section describes the plight of Uighurs in other countries, including those who apply for asylum. According to Amnesty International’s research, several disturbing trends have emerged or intensified over recent months, including harassment by the Chinese authorities of relatives of Uighurs who flee abroad; increasing attempts by the Chinese authorities to curtail the political and human rights activities of Uighur activists in other countries; and growing fears among many Uighurs abroad, including asylum seekers and refugees, of being forcibly returned to China.

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