Thailand, under fire, says rejected China request to deport all Uighur Muslims
Thailand, under fire, says rejected China request to deport all Uighur Muslims
China Police Say They Fatally Shot 3 Uighur Terror Suspects

Based on Reports Published between Fri Jul 10 18:40:44 2015 and Tue Jul 14 07:48:18 2015

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Information from Fri Jul 10 18:40:44 2015 :

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According to UNHCR, based Human Rights Watch said the Uighurs faced "grim" maltreatment back in China. "Thailand should make it clear it won't further violate international law by immediately announcing a moratorium on additional deportations of Turkic people to China," said Sophie Richardson, China director for Human Rights Watch.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying hit back at Beijing's critics at a daily news briefing on Friday.

"We have noticed that some foreign governments and forces have abused the facts and called these illegal immigrants, without any basis, refugees. They have unscrupulously criticized the normal law cooperation between China and Thailand on the issue of fighting illegal immigration," she said.

The Global Times, an influential tabloid published by China's ruling Communist Party's official newspaper, said those deported were "illegal immigrants" or members of gangs involved in people smuggling.

"Many among them planned to reach Turkey through Southeast Asian countries and then head to Syria and Iraq to participate in terrorist groups," the Global Times added. Beijing denies accusations by human rights groups that it restricts the Uighurs' religious freedoms.

It blames Islamist militants for violent attacks in Xinjiang in the past three years in which hundreds have died.

The Uighur issue has strained relations between China and Turkey ahead of a planned visit to Beijing this month by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. Turkish police used tear gas on Thursday to disperse about 100 protesters at the Chinese Embassy in the capital Ankara after they knocked down a barricade. Protesters also attacked Thailand's honorary consulate in Istanbul late on Wednesday, smashing windows and breaking in. Erdogan, clearly keen to assuage Beijing's concerns, suggested the protests might have been aimed at damaging his China trip, when he plans to raise the Uighurs' plight. In comments late on Thursday to foreign ambassadors based in Ankara, Erdogan branded some media coverage of the deportations as "lies or exploitative" and said of the protests: "These provocative incidents do not become us."

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha earlier raised the possibility of shutting the Thai embassy in Ankara, but on Friday stressed the need for good ties with both Turkey and China. "Thailand and Turkey are not rivals and we do not want to destroy trade and commerce with Turkey," Prayuth said in Bangkok.

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Information from Sat Jul 11 13:41:45 2015 :
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Officials say has sent eight more ethnic Uighurs to , days after the Thais came under intense criticism for forcibly deporting more than 100 refugees back to . A Thai government official and a Turkish aid agency say four women and four children from the ethnic Muslim minority landed in Istanbul on Saturday.

Their arrival raises the number of Uighurs Turkey has taken in from Thailand to 181. On Thursday, Thai authorities sent back the Uighurs, who had been in Thailand for over a year and claimed to be Turkish, after determining they were Chinese.

Human rights groups fear the Uighurs face persecution back in China.

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Information from Sun Jul 12 03:42:13 2015 :
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China has also denied allegations of mistreatment or torture.

Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the exiled group, the World Uyghur Congress, said the pictures of Uighurs in hoods gave him great cause for concern. Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the World Uyghur Congress, said the pictures of Uighurs in hoods showed they had been "stripped of their dignity", adding that they wanted to leave China and live elsewhere without fear of discrimination.

Demonstrators shout slogans as they attend a protest in front of the Thai Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, July 9, 2015.

Thailand confirmed on Thursday it had forcibly returned nearly 100 Uighur migrants to China, heightening tensions between Ankara and Beijing over the treatment... BEIJING China's Foreign Ministry has lodged a protest with the United States for its condemnation of the deportation of a group of Uighurs from Thailand last week, as state television showed pictures of some being returned with hoods on their heads. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of Uighurs keen to escape unrest in China's western Xinjiang region, have traveled clandestinely via Southeast Asia to Turkey. China is home to about 20 million Muslims spread across its vast territory, only a portion of whom are Uighurs, who speak a Turkic language. The deportation of 109 Uighurs from Thailand this week has sparked anger in Turkey, home to a large Uighur diaspora, and deep concern among rights groups and the United States, due to fears they could be mistreated upon their return.

The U. S. statement distorted the facts, was prejudiced and would only spur further illegal immigration, it added.

"China is extremely dissatisfied and resolutely opposed to this, and has already made serious representations with the U. S. side," the ministry said. "We urge the U. S. side to properly view China's efforts to fight illegal immigration and stop making wrong statements."

A senior Chinese police officer said on Saturday that some of the Uighurs who reached Turkey were being sold to fight for groups, such as Islamic State, as "cannon fodder".

Chinese state television, also in a report late on Saturday, said 13 of the 109 were terror suspects, and showed images of some of them sitting in an aircraft with black hoods over their heads and Chinese police, wearing facemasks, beside them.

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Information from Sun Jul 12 05:42:32 2015 :
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China's official news agency said that 109 ethnic Uighurs who or Iraq to take part in holy war.

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Information from Sun Jul 12 11:43:13 2015 :
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At least 13 of those returned are suspected of terror offences, the report said.

It showed images of people with black hoods over their heads and large numbers pinned to their chests as they sat in a commercial aircraft surrounded by Chinese police in face masks. Upon landing, they were led out with their heads held down, and at least one apparently in chains. "Their running away is all about a non-violent way to save themselves."

China has expressed anger at criticism of its handling of the expulsions. China's Foreign Ministry said it had lodged a protest with the United States over its condemnation of the deportations.

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Information from Sun Jul 12 14:43:16 2015 :
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An Uighur boy carries a flag of East Turkestan, the term separatist Uighurs and Turks use to refer to the Uighurs' homeland in China's Xinjiang region,after the riot police used pepper spray to push back a group of Uighur protesters who try to break through a barricade outside the Chinese Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, June 9.

China's government has alleged that more than 100 minority Muslim Uighurs who were sent back by Thailand after fleeing China were on their way to fight in the Middle East and that some were implicated in terrorist activities at home. Protesters in Turkey, which accepted an earlier batch of Uighur refugees from Thailand, ransacked the Thai Consulate in Istanbul overnight.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici) (The Associated Press) BEIJING Thailand has been harshly criticized by the U. N., the European Union and human rights groups for repatriating the 109 Uighurs back to China, where activists say they face persecution, instead of sending them to Turkey, which has accepted other Uighurs.

The report also claimed that a Chinese police investigation had uncovered several gangs recruiting people for jihad, and that Turkish diplomats in some Southeast Asian countries had facilitated the illegal movement of people. A group of 173 were sent to Turkey after Thai authorities said they determined they were indeed Turkish, but the 109 were found to be Chinese, according to Thai deputy government spokesman Maj. Gen. Verachon Sukhonthapatipak. Another eight arrived from Thailand to Turkey on Saturday and 52 remaining Uighurs would be sent back to their country once their nationalities were verified, Verachon said Saturday.

The so-called radicals are those who hope to flee China and live a stable and dignified life in a safe and free country."

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