China tries to stop Holyrood reception for oppressed group – Paul Hutcheon

From The Sunday Herald:

Chinese government officials tried to block a reception in the Scottish parliament which drew attention to the plight of one of the communist regime’s oppressed minorities.

The diplomats, who were taking their orders from Beijing, asked UK ministers to stop an event attended by Uighur refugees. They feared the showcase would embarrass their leaders by publicising Chinese human rights abuses.

The row was caused when the parliament’s cross-party group on Tibet met last Wednesday. Organised under the banner of Forgotten Nation, the meeting focused on the conditions of the Uighur people in the Xinjiang region of China. [Full Text]

September 17, 2006, 12:46 PM
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