UHRP in the News

Uyghur Human Rights Activist Expelled from UNPFII
May 8, 2017

On 26 April 2017, Uyghur human rights activist and member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) Dolkun Isa, who was participating in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), was forced to leave the UN premises.

Surrealism Abounds in China’s Uyghur Crackdown
May 3, 2017
Two ethnic Uyghur women pass Chinese paramilitary policemen. (Photo: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

Mounting Islamophobia in the West has emboldened Beijing’s repression of Uyghur human rights.

AJ News Grid: Ban on Muslim Names in China
May 3, 2017

Al Jazeera reports on new measures banning certain Muslim names in China. The report includes footage of UHRP director Omer Kanat delivering testimony at the United Nations in New York.

Chinese*: Citizenship and Rights of the Uyghur Community
April 24, 2017

4 May, 6:00 PM - Gilman 50 - - - Xinjiang? East Turkestan? شىنجاڭ؟ شەرقىي تۈركىستان؟ 新疆?东土耳其斯坦? Whether you are aware of China's diversity or not, the...

Activists Criticize China’s Human Rights Record Ahead of Trump-Xi Jinping Meeting
April 7, 2017

PEN America and he Uyghur American Association are among seven groups asking President Donald Trump to voice human rights concerns with Chinese President Xi Jinping when they meet in Florida beginning Thursday.

What Do Trump and Xi Share? A Dislike of Muslims
April 6, 2017
A Uighur woman walks past a statue of Mao Zedong, Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, July 31, 2014. Kevin Frayer—Getty Images

During the 1980s, as an idealistic, ambitious Uighur growing up under repressive Chinese conditions in the city of Kashgar, there was one nation to which I pinned my hopes for freedom and democracy.

Is their crossroads cuisine ‘the next big thing’? Uyghurs hope so
March 7, 2017
Yimamu Maimaiti and Patiguli Baikeli at Queen Amannisa in Crystal City: “Uyghur food is going to be the next big thing in the United States.” (Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post)

“Uyghur food is going to be the next big thing in the United States,” said Yimamu Maimaiti, a partner in Crystal City’s Queen Amannisa, the first Uyghur restaurant to open in the region. 

China Is Creating an Unprecedented ‘Security State’ in Xinjiang
February 23, 2017
Chinese soldiers march past the Id Kah Mosque, China’s largest, on July 31st, 2014, in Kashgar, China. (Photo: Getty Images)

A scholar suggests Beijing is heightening its suppression of the Uyghur ethnic minority.

For Xinjiang’s Uyghurs, ‘Hashar’ by Any Other Name Still Means Forced Labor
February 16, 2017
Uyghur workers clearing a ditch during the hashar, Nov. 2016.

Chinese authorities say they have outlawed the practice, but the region’s Uyghurs still have to work for free.

Uighurs in Kyrgyzstan hope for peace despite violence
January 9, 2017
'We are against extremist ideas and terrorism. This is a concern for our peaceful lives here,' Alisher Nasrakhunov, chairman of the Uighur council of elders says [Zhalil Saparov/Al Jazeera]

Despite recent politically driven violence, community say Kyrgyzstan is their home now and they want to move on.

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