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China detains Uighur Aids activist amid crackdown

Published on Mar 10, 2014 8:37 PM
 
Journalists mob Xinjiang Communist Party Secretary Zhang Chunxian (center R with glasses) as they try to ask questions about the recent attack in Kunming during the Xinjiang delegation's group discussion at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 6, 2014. China has arrested a Uighur Aids activist for endangering national security, a health advocacy group said, in the latest sign of the government's crackdown in the troubled far western region of Xinjiang, home to the largely Muslim Uighur people. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China has arrested a Uighur Aids activist for endangering national security, a health advocacy group said, in the latest sign of the government's crackdown in the troubled far western region of Xinjiang, home to the largely Muslim Uighur people.

Akbar Imin was detained in Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi, on January 15, the same day that prominent Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti was held by police in Beijing, the Aizhixing Institute said in a statement seen by Reuters on Monday.

Authorities later charged Tohti, who had championed Uighur rights, with separatism.

Imin, a former employee of the Aizhixing Institute in Beijing, was detained by police when he was in Urumqi for his father's funeral, the institute said on Friday, adding that police should "not politicise" the case.

 
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