UHRP in the News

450 killed in China's Xinjiang last year, mostly Uighurs: group
March 4, 2015
Chinese paramilitary police patrol a street in Urumqi, the capital of farwest China's Muslim Uighur homeland of Xinjiang, on May 23, 2014 ©Goh Chai Hin (AFP/File)

More than 450 people were killed in China's restive mainly Muslim Xinjiang region last year, a rights group said -- with three times as many deaths among members of the Uighur minority than ethnic Han Chinese.

As Many as 700 Died in Xinjiang Violence Over Last Two Years, Rights Group Says
March 3, 2015
Fully armed Chinese paramilitary police officers stand guard along a street in Urumqi, May 23, 2014.

Ethnic Uyghurs were three times as likely as Han Chinese to have been killed, the group says in a report.

Policing Uyghur Women’s Religious Expression
February 2, 2015
A notice in Chinese from the Ceramic Factory Neighborhood Committee indicates that Arzugul Memet's residence was sealed on Aug. 16, 2013.

Earlier this month, a ban on publicly wearing burqas, full-face veils and full-body coverings passed in Urumchi, the capital of the Uyghur region in China.

Silencing Uyghurs: A Family Affair
January 26, 2015
Ilham Tohti

In 2014, the Committee to Protect Journalists singled out China as the world's worst jailer of journalists.

China and the Lethal Drone Option
January 15, 2015

As China continues to refine drone technology, lethal strikes (at home and abroad) are a very real option.

Religious Extremism Law Imposes New Restrictions on China’s Uyghurs
December 10, 2014
Worshippers leave the Id Kah mosque in Kashgar in northwestern China's Xinjiang region, Jan. 7, 2012.

Muslims in Xinjiang will be prevented from wearing religious garb the authorities believe is associated with extremism.

Bolstered ‘Silk Road’ trade could hurt China’s Uighurs
November 11, 2014

President Xi Jinping's notice of $40 billion to boost trade could mean more repression in Xinjiang, advocates say

China's crackdown on Uighurs could spark even more clashes, say analysts
September 27, 2014

The US 'war on terror' should stand as a cautionary tale for China, according to experts at a Uighur conference

Ilham Tohti, Online Voice of China's Uyghurs, Sentenced to Life in Prison
September 27, 2014

On Tuesday, Chinese Uyghur scholar, Ilham Tohti, was sentenced to life in prison after a court in Urumqi—the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region—found him guilty of the crime of inciting separatism.

Why is violence spiking in China's northwest?
August 21, 2014

Clive Palmer says the Chinese government shoots its own people. If he's talking about Xinjiang, he's right.