UHRP in the News

China intensifies controversial crackdown on Uighurs
February 2, 2016
Chinese riot police keep watch on Uyghur residents near a mosque in Urumqi following ethnic violence between Uyghurs and Han Chinese, July 10, 2009. Credit: AFP

Uighur Muslims, a Chinese religious minority, are voicing their concerns about what they describe as pervasive religious and cultural repression implemented by Beijing under the premise of campaigns which the Chinese government has engaged within the primarily Muslim province of Xinjiang, in the name of "fighting religious extremism, separatism and terrorism."

Taiwan Democracy Defeats China Autocracy: 1/27/16: Gordon Chang. David Feith. Alim Seytoff. Bruce Bechtol. Charles Bausman.
February 1, 2016
DPP's Tsai Ing-Wen (r.) defeated Kuomintang's Eric Chu (l.) for the presidency of Taiwan.

Taiwan Democracy Defeats China Autocracy: 1/27/16: Gordon Chang, Daily Beast. David Feith, WSJ Editorial. Alim Seytoff, Uyghur American Association. Bruce Bechtol, “North Korea and Regional Security in the Kim Jong-un Era.” Charles Bausman, Russia Insider.

Conference: The Uyghurs are not an ignored people
January 29, 2016
A series of violent incidents in their homeland have intermittently propelled the Uyghurs into recent international consciousness. April1, 2011 PHOTO: ZAMAN, ALİ ÜNAL

A series of violent incidents in their homeland have intermittently propelled the Uyghurs into recent international consciousness.

China plans new law to combat religious extremism
January 19, 2016
A group of Uyghur women stand outside a mosque in Kashgar, in farwest China's Xinjiang region (AFP Photo/Carol Huang)

Minority Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang fear move a further clampdown on faith

Why Uyghur Issues Go Unreported—in and outside China
January 13, 2016
Greg Fay is project manager of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, a nonprofit human rights research, reporting, and advocacy organization promoting human rights and democracy for Uyghurs and others living in East Turkestan.

Greg Fay, project manager of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, discusses the formidable challenges to covering the Uyghur minority in China

Holding the fate of families in its hands, China controls refugees abroad
December 30, 2015
TOUGH HOMECOMING: Erkin Kurban says he was pressured to spy on the Uighur community in Canada when he returned to visit his family in Xinjiang in 2013. A long-haul truck driver, Kurban is seen here on a trip between California and Montreal, where he now lives. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

How Beijing is infiltrating and intimidating Uighur exile communities, from the Americas to Europe to Australia.

China opts to build an alliance against terrorism
December 17, 2015
Paramilitary police officers stand guard along a street in Urumqi, capital of China's Muslim Uighur homeland of Xinjiang, on May 23, 2014. (Photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP)

Hope for an improvement to the rights situation of Uighur Muslims appear bleak

The Complex Impact of Urbanization in Xinjiang
December 16, 2015
The aptly named Ya’ou (Asia-Europe) Boulevard, part of the Western Europe-Western China Highway which will soon stretch from the east coast of China to St. Petersburg, Russia, runs through the center of Horgos. The border with Kazakhstan is in the background. Image Credit: Wade Shepard

There’s a logic to China’s urbanization scheme, but its social and cultural impacts are complex.

Time for a Change: European Parliament Conference Exposes Uyghur Struggle for Freedom of Religion
October 27, 2015

In light of the ongoing violations of religious freedom in East Turkestan and considering the limited international response to China’s abuse of Uyghur fundamental human rights, the UNPO and the WUC convened a high-level conference in Brussels entitled “In Defense of Religious Freedom: The Uyghur Struggle For Human Rights”, hosted by Ms Izaskun Bilbao Barandica MEP (ALDE)

Ilham Tohti Documentary
October 26, 2015

A professor at Minzu University in Beijing and the foremost Uighur public intellectual in the People’s Republic of China, he was sentenced to life in prison in September 2014 for advocating basic economic, cultural, religious and political rights for the Uighur people.

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