Report: Laos deports Uighurs back to China

A media report says Laos has deported seven Uighurs who fled China after ethnic riots last year, raising concerns over the treatment of Uighurs forcibly returned to face prosecution by the Chinese government.

The U.S.-funded broadcaster Radio Free Asia said that the Laotian government arrested Memet Eli Rozi, his wife Gulbahar Sadiq, and their five children in the country in March and deported them back to China. The report was based on an interview conducted last week with Gulbahar Sadiq, who was now back in western Xinjiang.

The new information has emerged a year after Cambodia's controversial deportation in December 2009 of 20 Uighurs who had sought asylum there after fleeing deadly ethnic riots in Xinjiang's capital earlier that year.