No light yet at end of tunnel for Uighurs’ long struggle for their own homeland

Rowan Callick, 17/4/10

Alim Seytoff would be on China’s list of top 10 public enemies, if it published one. He has devoted his life to what seems mission impossible: to carve out the country’s vast Xinjiang region, twice the size of NSW, as a separate country.His cause was in the international spotlight last year when hundreds of Han Chinese settlers and local Uighurs died in protests in the region against Beijing’s rule. In Australia, the Uighurs’ plight seized public attention a few weeks later when China trenchantly opposed the screening at the Melbourne International Film Festival of a profile of Uighur leader-in-exile Rebiya Kadeer, and her visit to promote the film.