China Says Uighur Leader’s Family Condemn Her


China stepped up pressure on the exiled Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer , saying two of her children and her brother had written letters condemning her for orchestrating last month’s riots in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region.

Five of Kadeer’s 11 children still live in the north-western province, and human rights groups say ,they have experienced repeated harassment because of their mother’s campaigning.

According to the state news agency, Xinhua, 12 relatives, including Kadeer’s son Khahar, daughter Roxingul and younger brother Memet, told her: “Because of you, many innocent people of all ethnic groups lost their lives in Urumqi on 5 July, with huge damage of properties, shops and vehicles.”

They allegedly added: “We want a stable and safe life … Please think about the happiness of us and your grandchildren. Don’t destroy our happy life here. Don’t follow the provocation from some people in other countries.”

Read also China steps up campaign against exiled Uighur from AP.

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