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Thousands protest China's fasting ban
July 2, 2015
Protesters shout slogans during a rally against Chinese government's policy. photo by AJe

Thousands take to streets all over Turkey to protest China's alleged ban on Muslims fasting during Ramadan

Group of 173 Uyghurs Freed From Thai Detention Arrive in Turkey
July 2, 2015
A group of Uyghurs gather at the airport in Istanbul after arriving on a flight from Thailand, June 30, 2015.

The women and children were part of a group detained for 15 months after fleeing China.

China criticized over Ramadan restrictions
July 2, 2015
Uyghur men leave the Id Kah Mosque after Eid prayers in July 2014 in old Kashgar, Xinjiang province, China.

Some schools and local government agencies in China's restive Xinjiang province have adopted policies that critics, including the Turkish government, say prevent residents from fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Minority and indigenous communities turned off own land in growing numbers
July 2, 2015
Yazidis cross the Tigris river as they make their way from Syria into Iraq. Displacement fuelled by religious persecution is on the rise wordlwide. Photograph: Martin Bader/Martin Bader/Demotix

Violence, persecution and quest for natural resources driving record numbers out of rural areas and into cities, claims Minority Rights Group study

Uighurs find shelter in Turkey, avoid repatriation to China
July 1, 2015
A group of Uyghurs gather at the airport in Istanbul after arriving on a flight from Thailand, June 30, 2015.

A number of Uighur Turks who had been detained in Thailand for over a year, pitting Turkey against China in a diplomatic tug-of-war, have been allowed to go to Turkey's central province of Kayseri after the Turkish government made intense diplomatic efforts on their behalf.

China: Scrap draconian new national security law
July 1, 2015
 Chinese President Xi Jinping, speaking during an award ceremony last year, has overseen the passage of a new national security law that critics say could be used to exclude foreign invesment, among other things. Photo: Zuma Press

The Chinese government must immediately repeal a new national security law that gives the authorities sweeping powers to crack down on and suppress human rights, Amnesty International said.

China upset with Turkey's concern on Ramadan restrictions
July 1, 2015

China's Foreign Ministry denied restricting religious freedom on Wednesday in a sharp response to Turkey for voicing concern over reports that ethnic Uighur muslims had been banned from worship and fasting during Ramadan.

China's military must help Xinjiang modernise, top army officials say
July 1, 2015
 Uighur labourers in Kashgar. Hundreds have died in violence in Xinjiang, where Muslim ethnic Uighurs are in a majority, in the past few years. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Restive region where Muslim Uighurs are in a majority needs army’s help to develop its economy, according to article in Communist party magazine

UHRP releases report on bilingual education in East Turkestan—Uyghur Voices on Education
May 20, 2015

New report highlights assimilative language policy through firsthand accounts

For immediate release
May 20, 2015 11:45 am EST
Contact: Uyghur Human Rights Project +1 (202) 478 1920

Legitimizing Repression: China’s “War on Terror” Under Xi Jinping and State Policy in East Turkestan
Mar 3, 2015

New report from the Uyghur Human Rights Project analyses political violence from 2013-14

Uyghur Political Prisoners – A Call for Action
Oct 15, 2014

UHRP organizes a PETITION on behalf of Uyghurs in jail for political reasons