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China: Uighur writer’s death in prison would be bitter blow

Headline Title:  China: Uighur writer’s death in prison bitter blow 02 January 2013 The reported death of a celebrated Uighur writer in a Chinese prison, if confirmed, would be an indictment on freedom of expression, and expose harsh prison conditions in China, Amnesty International said today. Although author Nurmemet Yasin’s death was reported only a few days ago, he apparently died sometime in 2011 in Shaya prison in western China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. “Nurmemet Yasin should never have been imprisoned in the first place, and if confirmed, the death of this young writer…

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