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In China's Xinjiang a Way of Life Waits to Die
July 21, 2016
Tomurti villiage in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is shown in this undated file photo.

Uyghur herder: “We are forced to move, our village and heritage is going to vanish without a trace.”

China Scores Low Marks on Human Rights in 14 Democracies
July 20, 2016
A recent Pew survey finds that China's favorability rating among Americans is at its lowest level since Pew began polling attitudes towards China in 2005. Photo Source:

According to a June report from the Pew Research Center, more than 60 percent of respondents in 14 democratic countries across North America, Europe, and Asia believe that the Chinese government does not respect the personal freedoms of its people

Give the Sakharov Prize to an Uighur Intellectual
July 18, 2016
Ilham Tohti in France, February 2009. Photo: RFA

The Sakharov Prize is awarded every year in October, to honor individuals or organizations who have dedicated their lives to defending human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Dear Uyghur — On the Fear and Beauty of a People
July 15, 2016

I didn’t grow up in the most free of countries. There was always a looming knowledge that saying the wrong thing could land you in jail.

There are more than 20 million Muslims in China. For some, piety is a dangerous political act.
July 15, 2016

For devout Muslims, Ramadan, the lunar month when they fast from dawn to dusk, is a time for self-discipline, reflection, and deepening their relationship with God and others.

China’s Muslims: The Dragon and the Crescent
July 13, 2016
An ethnic Uighur woman carrying bread walks past armed Chinese paramilitary police in riot gear as they stand guard on a main street in the city of Urumqi in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region. REUTERS/David Gray

Muslims in China are free to practice their faith — as long as it’s on the government’s terms

Human rights must be on the agenda during the EU-China-Summit in Beijing!
July 13, 2016
The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) has sent an appeal to EU Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, demanding that the catastrophic human rights situation in the People’s Republic should be on the agenda. Photo: European External Action Service via Flickr

EU must criticized persecution of Tibetans, Uyghurs and civil rights activists

EU Must Push China on Human Rights, With or Without the UK
July 12, 2016

China might think Europe is weak right now, but the EU must not water down its commitment to human rights and democracy.

Without land, there is no life: Chinese state suppression of Uyghur environmental activism
Jul 20, 2016

The Uyghur Human Rights Project releases a report on the limits placed on environmental activism among Uyghurs

For immediate release
July 20, 2016 10:30 am EST
Contact: Uyghur Human Rights Project +1 (202) 478 1920

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