Uighurs accused of terrorist violence in Xinjiang Province
Last week Chinese courts sentenced 113 people in the country’s majority Uighur Muslim province to prison terms from 10 years to life. Charges included terrorism and causing ethnic hatred. Reports show that the names of those sentenced appear to have Uighur surnames. Beijing promised to crackdown on separatist groups after a string of deadly attacks in the Xinjiang region. Last month, 39 people were killed from a suicide bombing in a market.
Sophie Richardson is China Director for Human Rights Watch. She’ll tell us about what she believes to be the long-time oppression of Uighurs in China.
(photo: Policemen stand guard near the road leading to the site of Thursday's explosion in Urumqi, China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, Friday, May 23, 2014. Authorities closed the street market after attackers hurled bombs from two SUVs that plowed through shoppers on Thursday, killing dozens and wounding more than 90. (AP Photo/Andy Wong))