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European Parliament Conference Launches Ilham Tohti’s Candidature for Sakharov Prize
May 27, 2016

On 25 May 2016, activists and specialists convened in the European Parliament to answer the question “Does China Want Real Ethnic Harmony?” during a conference focused on the unjust imprisonment for life of Professor Ilham Tohti, a renowned Uyghur economist and writer.

Dispatches: China Should End Deaths in Police Custody
May 27, 2016
A file photo of Lei Yang

The death of 29-year-old Lei Yang on May 7 while in police custody sparked a firestorm of criticism against the police across China.

Nations with poor human rights records block U.N. status for press-rights group
May 27, 2016
gyptian protesters hold candles and a poster depicting slain journalist Mayada Ashraf in Cairo this year. This is the sort of action that the Committee to Protect Journalists supports. (European Pressphoto Agency)

Countries with poor human rights records succeeded Thursday in blocking U.N.status for a well-regarded international press rights organization in what some diplomats see as a blow to free expression throughout the world.

Q. and A.: Ben Hillman and Gray Tuttle on Ethnic Unrest in Xinjiang and Tibet
May 26, 2016
Chinese soldiers patrolling the streets of Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, in July 2009, after a protest over a fatal shooting of two Uighurs in southern China escalated into riots that killed at least 197 people. Credit Diego Azubel/European Pressphoto Agency

Since violent ethnic protests and riots erupted in the western borderlands of China in 2008 and 2009, many scholars have been trying to pinpoint the sources of the unrest.

BETWEEN IDENTITY AND INTEGRATION
May 25, 2016

THE UYGHUR DIASPORA IN THE WEST - PRESENTED BY RADIO FREE ASIA.

China's dream of a new Silk Road runs into hurdles at its first stop: Pakistan
May 25, 2016
Construction crews are building a metro line in Lahore, Pakistan, one of the first pieces of the new China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. (Shashank Bengali / Los Angeles Times)

“They keep saying this is a gift from China,” Rashid said. “All I see is destruction everywhere.”

Talk about Ilham Tohti
May 24, 2016

Marie Holzman, sinologist and human rights defender, talks about the Uyghur economics professor

China’s scary lesson to the world: Censoring the Internet works
May 24, 2016
Commuters using smartphones stand in line at a bus station in Beijing on March 2. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

This is part of a series examining the impact of China’s Great Firewall, a mechanism of Internet censorship and surveillance that affects nearly 700 million users.

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.

Human Rights Day 2015: Act Now for Uyghur Political Prisoners
Dec 9, 2015

Sign a PETITION on behalf of Uyghurs in jail for political reasons

BRIEFING: World Uyghur Congress/Uyghur Human Rights Project submit Alternative Report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT)
Nov 2, 2015

The WUC and UHRP have jointly submitted an alternative report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) for consideration during the 56th session of the Committee from November 9 to December 9, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland.