February 6, 2008


Chinese Curbs Leave Uyghur Youth in Crisis (Radio Free Asia, 2008.02.06)

Amid the political and social tensions of Chinese rule in Xinjiang, young Uyghurs are increasingly falling through the cracks. [...]

[U]yghur children are sometimes kidnapped by criminal gangs and forced to work as thieves in China's eastern cities, and Uyghur girls are trafficked for sex or forced labor after being deceived by promises of work.

But their own culture and Islamic tradition is increasingly powerless to help them, she added.

Uyghur children under 18 are forbidden by Chinese law from attending religious services or entering a mosque, Kadeer said, and hundreds of Uyghur youth now wander the streets of Xinjiang's cities and towns.

"If the Chinese government really cared about the Uyghurs," said Kadeer, "those children would be in school instead of selling bags or shining shoes on the streets, or begging."

A U.S. State Department spokesperson said human rights abuses in the region last year were "widespread and systematic."

"The government continued its severe cultural and religious repression," the State Department said, "and the security apparatus employed torture and degrading treatment in dealing with some detainees and prisoners in Xinjiang."

"The government's policy to encourage Han [Chinese] migration into Xinjiang has resulted in significant increases of the Han population and remains a source of resentment among the Uyghur people."

In its 2007 report on human rights practices around the world, the State Department said "Most minorities in [China's] border regions were less well educated, and job discrimination in favor of Han migrants remained a serious problem even in state-owned enterprises."

Isn't that "even" precious?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 6, 2008 12:32 PM

Chinese are tribal and racist. In every place, you would hear derogatory remarks against people from another province. Shanghainese would sell their wives to prostituition to make money to keep up their own appearance, Cantonese are uncouth bumpkins... Outsiders, especially darker skinned laborers, are thieves and no good slackers...

If you ever visit China, pay attention to those laborers who squat around intersections waiting for employment, and those who live under bridges and subway passes, they all have darker skin.

Posted by: ic at February 6, 2008 4:24 PM

Today must be China day. Forgive the self-reference, but I posted today on China's chance of recession, which is pretty high:


Posted by: Kurt Brouwer at February 6, 2008 6:33 PM
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