'East Turkistan' forces violate basic human rights to life, development of people in Xinjiang

Source: Xinhua [08:31 September 22 2009]

"East Turkistan" forces have seriously violated the basic human rights to life and development of all the peoples of Xinjiang, said a white paper issued by the Information Office of the State Council Monday in Beijing.

The paper, titled "Development and Progress in Xinjiang", said since the 1990s, the "East Turkistan" forces have organized large numbers of acts of terror and violence, seriously jeopardizing the security of lives and property of people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang.

According to incomplete statistics, from 1990 to 2001, the "East Turkistan" forces both inside and outside China created more than 200 bloody incidents of terror and violence in Xinjiang, by means of explosions, assassinations, poisoning, arson, attacking, riots and assaults, it said.

As a result, 162 citizens, including people of various ethnicities, cadres at the grassroots level and religious personnel, lost their lives, and over 440 were wounded, according to the paper.

In 2002, they again organized several bloody incidents of terror and violence in Xinjiang.

The most recent "July 5" riot in Urumqi caused huge losses in lives and property of the people of various ethnic groups. By July 17, 2009, 197 people died (most being innocent victims) and over 1,700 were injured, with 331 shops and 1,325 motor vehicles destroyed or burned, and many public facilities were damaged, it said.