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China: A Bump in the Silk Road
May 22, 2015
Image Credit: Kashgar via Pete Niesen /

China’s grand plans for the region could be derailed without a change in approach.

Why A Chinese Government Think Tank Attacked American Scholars
May 21, 2015
Exiled Tibetans march in November 2009 in Kathmandu, Nepal, during a protest against alleged human rights violations by the Chinese government in Tibet and Xinjiang.

Last month, a Chinese government think tank bashed history professors from Harvard, Georgetown and other leading American universities regarding things they wrote — at least 15 years ago — about events that occurred more than two centuries ago.

Displaced dreams: Uighur families have no place to call home in G-B
May 21, 2015
The migrants with their colourful traditional dresses were known as Kashgaris, from Kashgar, the administrative centre of Xinjiang. PHOTO: REUTERS

For over six decades, Uighur families in Gilgit-Baltistan have grappled with an identity crisis for which there appears to be no closure in sight.

Minorities Threatened More by Governments than Terrorist Groups, Says Study
May 21, 2015
Hundreds of Christian girls have been abducted in Egypt, according to the Association of Victims of Abduction and Forced Disappearance (AVAFD), and coerced into converting to Islam. Credit: Cam McGrath/IPS

In the conflict-ridden Middle East, minority groups continue to be threatened, attacked and expelled from their home countries by terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

WUC Designates June 15th as International Uyghur Language Day
May 21, 2015
A Chinese teacher teaches Chinese characters to children at a kindergarten in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Feb. 26, 2009. This kindergarten offers bilingual education to pre-primary school children of local Uygur people. (Xinhua/Zhao Ge)

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) announces the designation of June 15th as International Uyghur Language Day in light of China’s onslaught on the Uyghur language and its aggressive promotion of the assimilationist “bilingual language” policy in East Turkestan.

President Xi urges China’s religions to shun foreign influences
May 21, 2015
Chinese President Xi Jinping is pictured in Moscow in 2013 (Photo by Kaliva /

President Xi Jinping yesterday urged China’s religions to shun foreign influence amid concerns over Islamic extremism and the role of The Vatican among the country’s growing Church community.

China denying passports to restrict critics, minorities
May 20, 2015
FILE - In this May 1, 2014 file photo, a Uighur woman rests near a cage protecting heavily armed Chinese paramilitary policemen on duty in Urumqi in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang. While most Chinese can easily obtain passports, eroding barriers to travel have thrown into relief a new pattern showing that entire ethnic groups deemed potentially risky to the leadership - such as Muslim Uighurs and Buddhist Tibetans - are largely being barred. By denying them opportunities for jobs, education and ove

Hand your passport to police or it will be canceled, read the notice to all 4.4 million residents of far-northwestern China's Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture.

Dáil debates - Human Rights Issues
May 20, 2015

To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on movements for self-determination in Tibet and among the Uyghur nation of Central Asia.

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