Uighur Leader Seeks Abe's Help for Release of Detained People


Tokyo, Oct. 26 (Jiji Press)--Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer said Friday she has sent a letter to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to seek his support for the release of Uighurs detained by the Chinese government.

At a press conference in Tokyo, the former World Uyghur Congress head said the letter called on Abe to demand that the Chinese government release detained Uighurs immediately. Abe is on a trip to China to meet with the country's top leaders.

Beijing faces growing international criticism for allegedly keeping more than one million Uighurs in de facto detention centers in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in the name of fighting terrorism and extremists.

Kadeer said that what Beijing is doing amounts to provocation against all humanity, urging the international community to voice opposition to the oppression of Uighur people.

Ahead of the press conference, Kadeer formed a Tokyo-based group for international solidarity jointly with Tibetans, Mongolians and others who protest Chinese oppression.

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