Analysis: Is the existence of Uyghur Muslims under threat in China? March 10, 2014 (Part 1) A knife attack by 8 assailants left 29 dead at a train station in South West China last month. It is an event that is likely to have serious implications for Chinese Uighur Muslims. The Chinese authorities have blamed the terror attack on Uihgur separatists from the Xianjing region.
This may pave the way for even greater restrictions on the Uighur population. They are already routinely subjected to strict security checks. The arrest of prominent academic Ilham Tohti last month under charges of fomenting separatism has been condemned by the international community. So what is behind the repressive actions of the Chinese government? And are the Uighur’s really a threat to Chinese state security?
Here to discuss this is host John Rees, and in the studio is Enver Tohti Bugda, Independent Researcher, Rod Wye, Associate Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House and on Skype is Nicholas Bequelin, Senior researcher, from Human Rights Watch.
Welcome back to Analysis segment two, where we are talking about the latest measures taken against Uighur Muslims by the Chinese government.
Protests and riots in China’s autonomous Xianjing province in recent years have shown the growing discontent of native Uighur Muslims.
Migration into North Western region, coupled with increasingly repressive policies against Uighurs, has meant that they are now a declining proportion of the population.
So are we seeing the beginning of the end of Uighur Muslims in China?
Host is John Rees. Studio guests are Enver Tohti Bugda, Independent Researcher, Rod Wye, Associate Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House. Via Skype is Dr. Haiyun Ma, from the Department of History at Frostburg State University in the U.S.