Dozens 'Disappeared' After China Riots

Rights group: Uighurs vanished after being detained by police
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2009 3:49 AM CDT
A man in Urumqi last month examines a list of suspects wanted in connection to deadly China riots in July.   (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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(Newser) – Dozens of Uighur men and boys rounded up in the wake of the riots that shook China's Xinjiang province over the summer are missing, according to a reports from a human rights group. Interviews with families in Urumqi found evidence that 43 people had vanished since being taken away by security forces, although that number is "likely just the tip of the iceberg," a director of Human Rights Watch told the BBC.

"Their families’ attempts to inquire about the relatives at local police stations or with other law-enforcement agencies proved futile,” the report states. “The authorities either said they had no knowledge of the arrests, or claimed an inquiry was still ongoing, or simply chased the families away.” The organization is urging China to release the details of everybody being held in detention.