ETIC Reports Xinjiang Authorities Have Increased Harrassment of Uighurs

September 7, 2005

The Munich-based East Turkestan Information Center (ETIC)has released the names of several Uighurs who have been unlawfully searched and beaten by Xinjiang police this summer (in Uighur). The report, which lists the badge numbers of the offending officers, recounts how police beat several Uighurs for questioning the illegal searches. According to the report, police searched Uighur businessman Abdu Semet Abliz without cause and released him only after ordering him to shave his beard and mustache. Many Muslims wear beards as a sign of their faith.