Uyghur Religious Leader on Hunger Strike After Fifth Jail Term

A Uyghur religious leader jailed in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region has entered the third month of a hunger strike after he was slapped with a fifth prison term, prompting concerns over his health from family members and rights groups.

Abdukiram Abduveli, 59, was first sentenced in 1993 to 12 years in prison for spreading “counterrevolutionary propaganda,” apparently for advocating the spread of Islam, and has now served nearly twice his original term, New York-based Amnesty International said.

Accused by authorities of having “refused prison education” and of continuing to pray in jail, Abduveli was handed an additional three-year term on his scheduled release in November 2002, with further extensions imposed in 2005, 2008, and 2011, the rights group said….[…]

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