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Some 20 Uighur students from Cairo's Al-Azhar University were arrested in Alexandria [File: AP]
Jul 7, 2017

Egyptian authorities detained dozens of students from China's minority Muslim Uighur community living in Egypt this week, raising fears they will be returned to China and arrested, other Uighur students and Human Rights Watch said.

Ahmed El-Tayeb
Jul 7, 2017

We are writing to you on behalf of Human Rights Watch and the Association of Freedom of Thought and Expression to ask you to urge the Egyptian authorities to immediately cease the mass arrests of ethnic Uyghurs, many of whom are students at Al-Azhar University, and their family members

Screen grab from a video shows handcuffed Uyghur in a police truck
Jul 6, 2017

Chinese students from the Uighur ethnic minority have been detained in Egypt in a broad police sweep that has shaken the country’s sizeable Uighur student and expatriate community, activists said Thursday.

Jul 6, 2017

Authorities crack down on community of thousands of east Asian Muslims, many of whom who had fled Chinese religious persecution

Vice Chair Sandra Jolley speaks out in support of Religious Prisoner of Conscience, Gulmira Imin.
Jul 5, 2017

The Chinese government has taken unprecedented steps to trample on the religious freedom of Uighur Muslims

Photos: Wikicommons, Ai Weiwei/Lego portrait of Ilham Tohti.
Jul 5, 2017

The city of Weimar, Germany has announced that it will award its 2017 Human Rights Award to Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti, who is serving a life prison sentence in China for separatism.

A Chinese Muslim pilgrim is assisted by airport staff in Lanzhou, Gansu Province, as he prepares to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, Sept. 25, 2012.
Jul 4, 2017

Many detainees face charges of "illegal religious activities" after they traveled overseas on pilgrimage, while others face "extremism" charges.

Jul 3, 2017

Uyghur scientist and human rights activist Ilham Tohti – former candidate for the Sakharov Prize – was awarded the Weimar Human Rights Prize by Weimar city council for his commitments to the rights of Uyghurs in the Xinjang autonomous region.

Jun 30, 2017

China is using its growing influence not only to isolate Taiwan from the United Nations, but also to combat the organization’s general work on human rights. Increased Chinese funding and determination could redefine the very concept of human rights, with devastating consequences for democratic countries.

A Uyghur man uses his mobile phone above shops at a bazaar in Hotan, in China's Xinjiang region, April 15, 2015.
Jun 29, 2017

Residents of the regional capital must hand over all digital devices by the end of July as part of an ‘anti-terror’ operation.

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