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Kadeer: China death sentences will 'enrage' Uighurs

Exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer Rebiya Kadeer (Uyghur: رابىيه قادى, Rabiye Qadir; Simplified Chinese: 热比娅·卡德尔  Tuesday said a Chinese court's decision to sentence six Uighurs to death over July unrest would serve only to "further enrage en·rage  
tr.v. en·raged, en·rag·ing, en·rag·es
To put into a rage; infuriate.



[Middle English *enragen, from Old French enrager : en-, causative pref.
" her people.

Kadeer, the US-based leader of the World Uighur Congress, added that she believed the Uighurs were not tried according to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 Chinese or international law.

"This is not going to create peace and stability in the region, this will further enrage the Uighur people," she said while on a visit to New Zealand New Zealand (zē`lənd), island country (2005 est. pop. 4,035,000), 104,454 sq mi (270,534 sq km), in the S Pacific Ocean, over 1,000 mi (1,600 km) SE of Australia. The capital is Wellington; the largest city and leading port is Auckland. , a day after the sentences in the Xinjiang regional capital Urumqi.

"For the Uighur people around the world this is a very sad day, a day of mourning For other uses, see National Day of Mourning.

The Day of Mourning was a day of protest held by Aboriginal Australians on 26 January 1938, the sesquicentenary of British colonisation of Australia.
," Kadeer told Auckland student radio station 95bFM through an interpreter.

The six were convicted of murder and other crimes Monday by a court in Urumqi in the first trials over July unrest in which nearly 200 people were killed.

China Central Television (CCTV CCTV
abbr.
closed-circuit television


CCTV closed-circuit television
) said one other defendant was sentenced to life in prison over the violence, in which members of the Uighur minority went on a rampage in attacks directed at members of the dominant Han ethnic group.

Xinhua news agency “Xinhua” redirects here. For other uses, see Xinhua (disambiguation).

The Xinhua News Agency (Simplified Chinese: 新华社; Traditional Chinese:
 said the seven, all men, were convicted in three separate cases. It identified them by names that appeared to be Uighur.

Kadeer said in the radio interview during a four day visit to New Zealand that accused Uighurs did not receive proper legal defence or due process.

"Not only the six Uighurs, we believe a lot of Uighurs have been killed through torture in the prisons after July 5. This is an injustice," Kadeer said.

She added she hoped the international community would not ignore the death sentences.

July's unrest in western Xinjiang region was the worst ethnic violence to hit China in decades, leaving 197 people dead, most of them Han, and more than 1,600 injured, according to the government.

China's eight million Uighurs have long complained of religious, political and cultural oppression by Chinese authorities.

Kadeer arrived in New Zealand on Monday after being invited by the Green Party, a minor political party with nine seats in parliament.

She was to speak at public meetings in Auckland and Wellington on Tuesday and Wednesday and is due to meet Green legislators before leaving on Thursday.

At a public meeting at the University of Auckland Not to be confused with Auckland University of Technology.
The University of Auckland (Māori: Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau) is New Zealand's largest university.
 on Tuesday, Kadeer was greeted by a small number of vocal pro-Beijing protesters brandishing a banner reading "AU does not welcome terrorist".

The Chinese government describes Kadeer's World Uighur Congress as a separatist terrorist movement and accuses the group of directing July's unrest.
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