Months after security forces seized them in the wake of ethnic riots in July, at least 43 ethnic Uighur men from far western China have disappeared, an advocacy group said in a report released Wednesday.
The report, by Human Rights Watch, asserted that the number of vanished Uighurs was probably higher, although the group could conclusively document only 43 cases during weeks of secret investigations in the Xinjiang region.
At least 197 people died and 1,600 more were injured during three days of protests and rioting by thousands of Uighurs in early July in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. The riots, the worst ethnic violence in recent Chinese history, led the police and security forces to round up hundreds of Uighurs, mostly men, in subsequent weeks.
Most of the violence in the July riots was directed at Han Chinese, who have become a prosperous majority in what was once a Uighur-dominated city.
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