Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Asylum Claim: Group calls for access to Uighurs

Asylum Claim: Group calls for access to Uighurs

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Chinese government to disclose the whereabouts of 20 ethnic Uighurs deported by Cambodian authorities on December 19, saying they have disappeared into a “black hole”. In a statement issued on Friday, the group said Beijing should allow the deportees to meet with lawyers, relatives and officials from the UN. “There is no information about their whereabouts, no notification of any legal charges against them, and there are no guarantees they are safe from torture and ill-treatment,” Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, said in the statement. HRW claims to have received an unconfirmed report that some of the Uighurs, who travelled to Cambodia in November after witnessing deadly ethnic riots in July, were sentenced to death by a court in China’s Xinjiang province. When contacted Sunday, Qian Hai, spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh, declined to comment.



Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Turkish Embassy calls for closure of Zaman schools

With an attempted coup against the government of President Recep Erdogan quashed only days ago and more than 7,000 alleged conspirators now under arrest, the Turkish ambassador to Cambodia yesterday pressed the govern

CNRP lawmakers beaten

Two opposition lawmakers, Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Sakphea were beaten unconscious during protests in Phnom Penh, as over a thousand protesters descended upon the National Assembly.

Student authors discuss "The Cambodian Economy"

Student authors discuss "The Cambodian Economy"

Students at Phnom Penh's Liger Learning Center have written and published a new book, "The Cambodian Economy".