May 5, 2017

The World Uyghur Congress has released its newsletter covering the month of May concerning our activities as well as the most prevalent issues concerning the Uyghur community in East Turkestan and elsewhere.

May 4, 2017

Bans on “abnormal” beards and even the name “Muhammad”

Special Rapporteur Philip Alston. UN Photo/Loey Felipe
May 4, 2017

A United Nations human rights expert on poverty has criticized the Chinese government for exposing “ethnic minorities in China” to serious human rights challenges.

Hu Jia lies in a Beijing hospital, receiving treatment for acute pancreatitis, in late April. Photo courtesy of a Hu Jia supporter
May 4, 2017

Hu was rushed to hospital last weekend with acute pancreatitis and 'could die at any minute,' fellow activists say.

In this Aug. 23, 2016, photo, U.N. Special Rapporteur Philip Alston gestures during a press conference in Beijing. In a final report emailed to The Associated Press on Tuesday, May 2. 2017, the U.N. envoy on human rights says he was followed by security officers during an official trip to China and that some civil society representatives he met with were intimidated and faced reprisals. Alston said the Chinese government's conduct was at odds with the need for U.N. experts to have the freedom to assess situ
May 3, 2017

 A U.N. representative on human rights said that he was followed by security officers in disguise during an official trip to China and that some activists he met with may have suffered intimidation and retaliation.

Xinjiang, which has been China’s main battleground in the fight against terrorism, neighbours eight countries, including Russia, Afghanistan and Pakistan.(Reuters File Photo)
May 2, 2017

Xinjiang needs to enhance cooperation in exchanging terrorism-related intelligence with neighbouring countries, deputy chairman of the region said.

May 1, 2017

Freedom House’s newly released Freedom of the Press 2017 report found that there has been a drastic global decline in press freedom over the past year amid growing media threats in both democratic countries as well as authoritarian states.

Apr 28, 2017

Large-scale farming and oil exploration are drying out the area’s karez wells.

Apr 28, 2017

Earlier this month, authorities in China's western Xinjiang province were reported as banning 29 Islamic names, including 'Muhammad'.

Shopkeepers line up with wooden clubs to perform their daily anti-terror drill outside the bazaar in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, March 24, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Apr 27, 2017

Young members of China's Uighur Muslim minority should "love the motherland" and learn Mandarin to help fight a perception they are "terrorists", Uighur members of the ruling Communist Party said in state media on Thursday.


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