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High-Profile Conference in Berlin Raises Awareness of the Rights of Uyghur Refugees and Asylum Seekers
May 4, 2016
Ms Rebiya Kadeer, President of the World Uyghur Congress

On 26 April 2016, the conference “The Rights of Uyghur Refugees: Past & Present Challenges” was successfully concluded in Berlin.

Uighur migrants held in Thailand for 11 months take case to court
May 4, 2016
Suspected Uighurs from China's troubled far-western region of Xinjiang, sit inside a temporary shelter after they were detained at the immigration regional headquarters near the Thailand-Malaysia border in Hat Yai, Songkla March 14, 2014. REUTERS/ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA

A Thai court will decide this month whether to release 17 Uighurs from the western Chinese region of Xinjiang, including 13 children, who have been detained for the past 11 months in Bangkok, a lawyer for the group said on Tuesday.

PEN’s 2015 Case List documents decline in freedom of expression worldwide
May 3, 2016

The 2015 Case List, published today by PEN International, spotlights freedom of expression violations around the world, detailing over 1000 cases of harassment, arrests, attacks, killings and imprisonments of writers worldwide and highlights the worldwide deterioration of freedom of expression.

China Steps Up Ideological Campaign on World Press Freedom Day
May 3, 2016
Chinese property tycoon and celebrity tweeter Ren Zhiqiang, a critic of President Xi Jinping's campaign to tighten control over state-run media, delivers a speech to university students in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province, Dec. 17, 2015.

President Xi Jinping follows up warnings to state media with fears of "hostile" conspirators peddling western ideas in party ranks.

Chinese Communist Party Cracks Down on ‘Improper Discussion’ — Even After Retirement
May 3, 2016
Souvenir plates bearing the images of China's President Xi Jinping are displayed at a shop near the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, February 26, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

As Chinese President Xi Jinping continues his bid to consolidate power, his 88 million-strong Communist Party has increasingly spoken with one voice. Failure to sing to the same tune could mean facing the music.

Ilshat Hassan, the Uighur Who Made it to the China Conference on a Tourist Visa
May 2, 2016
Ilshat Hassan, president of the Uyghur American Association. Credit: Special Arrangement

India should be a supporter of the Uighur cause, says the activist, if only for strategic reasons. “By raising support, helping us, the Indian government can have leverage (with China).”

Uyghur Villagers Forced by 'Contract' to Spy on Neighbors
May 2, 2016
A farmer harvests cotton in China's Xinjiang region in an undated photo

Residents are divided into groups and threatened with collective punishment for failing to enforce regulations.

Ilham Tohti - Finalist - Martin Ennals Award 2016
April 29, 2016

Ilham Tohti is a renowned Uyghur public intellectual in the People’s Republic of China.

BRIEFING: China's New Counter-Terrorism Law and Its Human Rights Implications for the Uyghur People
Feb 1, 2016
Armed Chinese police patrol near the exit of Urumqi's South Railway Station.

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) is concerned a new Counter-Terrorism Law adopted by the People's Republic of China (PRC) on December 27, 2015, and effective as of January 1, 2016, is a mandate for the Chinese government to commit human rights violations against the Uyghur people in East Turkestan.

Human Rights Day 2015: Act Now for Uyghur Political Prisoners
Dec 9, 2015

Sign a PETITION on behalf of Uyghurs in jail for political reasons

BRIEFING: World Uyghur Congress/Uyghur Human Rights Project submit Alternative Report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT)
Nov 2, 2015

The WUC and UHRP have jointly submitted an alternative report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) for consideration during the 56th session of the Committee from November 9 to December 9, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland.