Channel News Asia An exiled minority rights group slammed a Chinese state television report on Saturday that suggested ethnic Uighurs who had been forcibly repatriated after fleeing the country had returned to a "heaven on earth". by Megha Rajagopalan via Reuters
'The report came as China makes efforts to keep its ethnic Uighurs
from leaving the country. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of members of the
largely Muslim ethnic minority have left China in recent years,
clandestinely crossing into southeast Asia before making their way to
'Friday's China Central Television report showed two Uighur
farmers in the far-west region of Xinjiang returning to a peaceful life
in China. One, a fruit farmer shown tending his orchard, says he only
fled the country because he was "confused" and "muddleheaded".
extremism affected me," said the farmer, whose name was given as
Mexmut. "The government approves our legal religious activities very
'Dilxat Raxit, a spokesman for the exiled World Uyghur Congress, called the report a propaganda tool.'