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News About Uighur Scholar Ilham Tohti on the Third Anniversary of His Sentencing: No News
September 22, 2017
ON OCTOBER 10, 2016, ILHAM TOHTI’S DAUGHTER JEWHER ILHAM RECEIVED MARTIN ENNALS HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD FROM THE UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ZEID RA’AD AL HUSSEIN ON BEHALF OF HER FATHER. THE HC WAS LATER HARASSED BY CHINA FOR ATTENDING THE CEREMONY AND PRESENTING THE AWARD. PROFESSOR ELLIOT SPERLING ACCOMPANIED JEWHER.  PHOTO: MARTIN ENNALS FOUNDATION.

We believe that the combination of reduced visits, denial of communication, gag orders, and family reprisals, have been carefully engineered to punish the Uighur scholar with degrading treatment and psychological torture, while at the same time keeping the attention on his plight from the outside world to a minimum.

Chen Quanguo: The Strongman Behind Beijing’s Securitization Strategy in Tibet and Xinjiang
September 21, 2017

Over the last year, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) Party Secretary Chen Quanguo (陈全国) has dramatically increased the police presence in Xinjiang by advertising over 90,000 new police and security-related positions.

China’s security chief calls for greater use of AI to predict terrorism, social unrest
September 21, 2017
Police on patrol near a mosque in Kashgar in China’s restive Xinjiang province. The nation’s security chief hopes the use of technology will help predict where terror attacks may take place. Photo: AFP

Artificial intelligence can complete tasks with a ‘precision and speed unmatchable by humans’, official says

Nine members of the UN Human Rights Council accused of violating human rights
September 21, 2017
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is seen on a TV screen while addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Nine members of the Council have been found as human rights violators. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

A new report details violations against people in those working with the UN on human rights issues

Emboldened China Wields Its Laws to Silence Critics From Abroad
September 21, 2017
Lee Ming-cheh, second from left, an activist from Taiwan, in court in the Chinese city of Yueyang, Hunan Province, last week. The case against Mr. Lee punctuates what critics warn are China’s efforts to stifle what it perceives as threats from overseas. Credit Yueyang Intermediate People's Court, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

On the morning he disappeared, the activist Lee Ming-cheh crossed from Macau into mainland China to meet with democracy advocates.

Uyghur Woman Handed 10-Year Prison Term Over Headscarf Claim
September 19, 2017
Horigul Nasir's photo is shown on an identification card.

The story was told by a 'terrified' friend under questioning by police, the woman's brother says.

Former Xinjiang Judge Tried on 'Ethnic Hatred' Charges
September 19, 2017
Former Xinjiang judge Huang Yunmin is shown in an undated photo.  Human Rights Campaign in China

The trial comes against a backdrop of growing security measures targeting the region's mostly Muslim ethnic minority groups.

China Capitalizes on Rohingya Crisis
September 19, 2017

The human toll of the Rohingya refugee crisis continues to mount this week, as droves of Myanmar’s long-persecuted Muslim minority flee from (and in some cases fight) the brutal crackdown of its security forces.

BRIEFING: The Chinese Government’s Misleading White Paper on the Human Rights Situation in East Turkestan
Jul 6, 2017
SCIO presents the white paper

For immediate release

July 6, 2017 2:35 pm EST

Contact: Uyghur Human Rights Project +1 (202) 478 1920

BRIEFING: Ban on “Islamic” names an absurd intrusion into Uyghurs’ private lives
May 4, 2017

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) expresses alarm at recent measures preventing Uyghurs from choosing state restricted names for their newborn children.

Discrimination, Mistreatment and Coercion: Uyghurs Face Severe Labor Rights Abuses in China and East Turkestan
Apr 5, 2017

Unemployment is one of the biggest challenges facing the Uyghur people in East Turkestan.