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Detained on Unknown Charge, Uyghur Kills Five With Axe
February 27, 2017
A map showing the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and the location of Kashgar.

Memet Eli was undergoing political re-education after being forcibly returned to his township by police, sources say.

China’s imprisonment of Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti has dire consequences
February 27, 2017
Ilham Tohti

The nomination last week of the imprisoned Uyghur Professor Ilham Tohti for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is welcome recognition of the role this courageous individual has played in working for the fundamental rights of a beleaguered people.

Chinese Netizens Attack Minority Uyghur Muslims
February 27, 2017
Han Chinese residents hold a Chinese national flag as paramilitary policemen in riot gear block a road at the centre of Urumqi in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region September 3, 2009.

Within hours of the February 14 knife attack in Pishan county, Xinjiang, China’s state media released identical reports...

Western China Region Aims to Track People by Requiring Car Navigation
February 27, 2017
A taxi in Kashgar, which lies west of the Bayingol Mongol Autonomous Prefecture, where drivers are being ordered to install Chinese-made GPS-like navigation equipment. The system can be used to track people in the volatile Xinjiang region in far western China.

Officials in China’s largest prefecture, in the far-western region of Xinjiang, are requiring all drivers there to install a Chinese-made satellite navigation system in their vehicles, according to an official news report this week.

Three Uyghur Officials Arrested For ‘Neglecting Duty’ Following December Attack
February 24, 2017
Hotan prefecture in northwestern China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

The arrests may be part of a campaign to pressure Uyghur officials into greater loyalty to Beijing, one observer says.

Sustaining attention to human rights violations in China
February 24, 2017

Joint NGO letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council

Killings in Xinjiang’s Guma Sparked by Anger at Prayer Restrictions
February 23, 2017
Map showing Hotan’s Guma county.

An RFA investigation reveals the identities of the three Uyghur attackers and possible motives for the incident.

China Is Creating an Unprecedented ‘Security State’ in Xinjiang
February 23, 2017
Chinese soldiers march past the Id Kah Mosque, China’s largest, on July 31st, 2014, in Kashgar, China. (Photo: Getty Images)

A scholar suggests Beijing is heightening its suppression of the Uyghur ethnic minority.

Briefing: The New Implementation Guidelines for the Counter-Terrorism Law in East Turkestan Will Reinforce Government’s Curbs on Human Rights
Sep 26, 2016
Policemen with riot gear stand guard behind a barricade near the site of an explosives attack in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on May 23, 2014. Photo courtesy of HRW / © 2014 Reuters

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) calls on the European Parliament to award Ilham Tohti the 2016 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Professor Ilham Tohti has been a consistent voice for the equitable treatment of Uyghurs in China and in doing so has made an outstanding contribution to human rights.

Without land, there is no life: Chinese state suppression of Uyghur environmental activism
Jul 20, 2016

The Uyghur Human Rights Project releases a report on the limits placed on environmental activism among Uyghurs

For immediate release
July 20, 2016 10:30 am EST
Contact: Uyghur Human Rights Project +1 (202) 478 1920

BRIEFING: China's New Counter-Terrorism Law and Its Human Rights Implications for the Uyghur People
Feb 1, 2016
Armed Chinese police patrol near the exit of Urumqi's South Railway Station.

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) is concerned a new Counter-Terrorism Law adopted by the People's Republic of China (PRC) on December 27, 2015, and effective as of January 1, 2016, is a mandate for the Chinese government to commit human rights violations against the Uyghur people in East Turkestan.