Chinese Communists Force Uygur to Accept Party Leadership

By Wang Manna, Central News Agency
March 8, 2007 12:00 am Last Updated: March 8, 2007 12:00 am

CHINA—According to the World Uygur Congress (WUC), the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) forced 150 local Uygur religious personages in Aksu, Xinjian to accept the CCP's leadership and to acknowledge that Xinjian is a part of China.

The WUC spokesperson Dilshat Rishit told CNA that, starting from March 5, the Xinjiang Aksu Prefecture party committee gathered 150 Uygur religious personages at the Political College for a 15 day political training session, forced them to learn how to accept the regime's leadership and to acknowledge Xinjian as part of China.

He said that the three counties in Xinjian Aksu Prefecture; Kucha, Xayar and Toksu are where Uygur residents are most populated and where Uygur activities strive for independence most frequently. For obvious reasons, the communist authorities specifically gathered the religious personages from these three counties for political training.

Dilshat condemns the regime for interfering with religious freedom and requests the authorities to stop the “education” that forces Uygur people to accept the regime's leadership.

In addition, Dilshat says that the U.S. State Department has just issued its latest Country Report on Human Rights Practices, and the report mentioned the persecution of Uygur in China. He hopes the Chinese authorities could face up to the content of the report, and improve the Uygur human rights.