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Urumqi High Court to Rule on Jailed Uyghur Scholar's Appeal Behind Closed Doors
November 19, 2014
Ilham Tohti

Ilham Tohti's defense lawyer says there is 'little likelihood' of a reduction in sentence.

Traffickers hit new lows
November 19, 2014
More than 200 Uyghurs are being held at an immigration center near Thailand's southern city of Hat Yai's international airport after they were detained in a secret camp in a mountainous rubber plantation in Songkhla province on March 12.

Recent attention has focused on the seemingly never-ending flow of refugees and distressed people seeking shelter in Thailand. The Chinese government on Sunday demanded that Thailand send more than 200 suspected Uighurs back home.

China's Prescription for Troubled Xinjiang: The New Silk Road
November 18, 2014
New development looms over Old City, Kashgar’s ancient quarter of a 2,000-year-old maze of adobe courtyard homes, which is under demolition, in Xinjiang province in China, August, 2010.

The Silk Road plan has important domestic ramifications for China’s restive Xinjiang province.

A World Disrupted: The Leading Global Thinkers of 2014 | Ilham Tohti
November 18, 2014

For being the conscience of the Uighur people.

Thailand Is Searching for Scores of Uighurs Who Fled China
November 18, 2014
Suspected Uighurs from China's troubled far-western region of Xinjiang, rest inside a temporary shelter after they were detained at the immigration regional headquarters near the Thailand-Malaysia border in Hat Yai, Songkla March 14, 2014. About 200 people rescued by police from a human smuggling camp in southern Thailand on Wednesday are suspected Uighur Muslims from China's troubled far-western region of Xinjiang, say Thai police. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (

The Thai authorities said Tuesday that they were searching for about 120 ethnic Uighurs who fled China and were detained in southern Thailand by the police earlier this year but escaped this month from a shelter there.

Dismal Conditions Push Uyghurs to Escape From Thai Facility
November 17, 2014
Some of the Uyghurs being held at an immigration detention center in southern Thailand, March 14, 2014.

They could no longer tolerate the bad food, disease, lack of clothing and threats, one escapee says.

Ilham Tohti's Students to Stand Trial 'Soon' in China's Xinjiang
November 17, 2014
Ilham Tohti during his trial on separatism charges, as shown on Chinese state television.Credit CCTV, via Reuters

Lawyers for the jailed Uyghur scholar are in the process of appealing his life sentence for 'separatism.'

Lawyers Cite Procedural Violations, Await Decision on Appeal in Ilham Tohti Case
November 17, 2014
 Ilham Tohti

On September 23, 2014, a court in Urumqi city, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) sentenced Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti to life in prison on the charge of “separatism.”

UHRP issues a Chinese-language version of its report, Rumors, Suspicion and Hysteria: Urumchi’s Han Residents Target Uyghurs in September 2009 Pinprick Attack Scare
Feb 24, 2014
Rumors, Suspicion, Hysteria Chinese cover

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) issues a Chinese-language version of its report Rumors, Suspicion and Hysteria: Urumchi’s Han Residents Target Uyghurs in September 2009 Pinprick Attack Scare.

To Strike The Strongest Blow: Questions Remain Over Crackdown On 2009 Unrest In Urumchi
Jul 2, 2013

A new report from the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), To Strike The Strongest Blow: Questions Remain Over Crackdown On 2009 Unrest In Urumchi, details widespread human rights violations committed by the People’s Republic of China in the wake of unrest in Urumchi on July 5, 2009.

Sacred Right Defiled: China’s Iron-Fisted Repression of Uyghur Religious Freedom
Apr 30, 2013

A new report from the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) details the repression of religious freedom among Uyghurs in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).