Two former Uyghur officials have been sentenced to death

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Two former Uighur civil servants have been sentenced to death for “separatist activity” in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. China.

These sentences are accompanied by a two-year suspension – in practice, this means that they will serve a life sentence.

The two officials directed justice and education in the region, respectively, where there are many tensions between the Muslim majority (mainly the Uyghurs) and the Han minority.

Several countries, including the United States, speak of a “genocide” of the Uighurs, as pointed out by AMPE.

Human rights groups have accused Beijing of imprisoning more than 1 million Uighurs in political reform centers since 2017.

The communist government denies this number, while assuring that the facilities in question are “vocational training centers”, intended to dissuade Uighurs from Islamist extremism and separatist activity, following a series of attacks attributed to separatist organizations.

In this context, the former Minister of Justice of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Sirzat Baudun, was found guilty of conspiracy with the Islamic Movement of East Turkestan (IKAT), after he had met with a member of this organization in 2003, while still working in the police. according to the official Chinese news agency, New China.

IKAT is on the UN list of terrorist organizations, but withdrew from the United States last November, with Washington explaining that it doubted it still existed.

East Turkestan is generally called Xinjiang by exiled Uighurs who are in favor of the independence of the region.

Justice also accused the former justice minister of “illegal religious activities during his daughter’s wedding”.

For his part, former Education Minister Sattar Sagut was convicted of trying to include in Uighur-language textbooks statements defending or praising religious extremism, terrorism and separatist action, according to local government in Xinjiang.

The textbooks in question were used for 13 years.

China does not disclose the number of executions imposed by its courts each year, nor the number of executions per year. However, Amnesty International considers that the country is in the first place in the world in terms of resorting to the end of sentences, with thousands of convictions and executions every year.

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