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The Uyghur Exodus?
July 24, 2017

Surely, I am not a believer of the idea that history repeats itself. For this idea simply presupposes the existence of an underlying cause that necessitates repeated happenings of certain events in history.

China Detains 12-Year-Old Uyghur Boy on Return to Xinjiang From Egypt
July 24, 2017
File photo of a mosque at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, from which Uyghur students have been rounded up at China's behest.

Hezritieli Memet has been held since February, when his parents were taken into custody.

East Turkestan: Uyghur Students Detained by Egyptian Government Face Being Deported to China
July 21, 2017

In response to the Chinese government’s call for Uyghurs studying abroad to return to East Turkestan (Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region), Egyptian security forces are rounding up Uyghur students in an attempt to deport them to China.

Xinjiang Residents Forced to Install Spyware on Phones
July 21, 2017
A personal communication device check point in Xinjiang via Twitter user 即时中国大陆映像

At Global Voices, Oiwan Lam reports that residents in a district of Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, are being required to install the Jingwang (净网, literally “web-cleaning”) surveillance app on their cellphones.

China delete app: cutting edge of Uighur suppression
July 21, 2017
Uighur children catch a ride with a sweet vendor in Yarkand during Ramadan last month.

In a world first, the residents of Urumqi, the capital of China’s Xinjiang region, are required to ­install on their smart phones a new app that automatically ­deletes any material deemed ­subversive.

China’s ‘Great Firewall’ Now Deletes Messages in Real Time
July 20, 2017

There is more than irony in the fact that Nobel Laureate Liu Xiobao’s death coincided with Beijing’s massive effort to clamp down on internet communication. It’s the end of an era.

In China, Despair for Cause of Democracy After Nobel Laureate’s Death
July 20, 2017
A memorial to Liu Xiaobo in Hong Kong this week. In mainland China, attempts to pay tribute to Mr. Liu, a Nobel Peace laureate, have met with censorship and arrests. Credit Vincent Yu/Associated Press

For years, the fiery band of activists pushing for democracy in China looked to Liu Xiaobo, the jailed Nobel Peace laureate, as a source of inspiration. They created social media groups devoted to his iconoclastic poetry. They held up his photos at rallies, demanding justice and transparency.

China makes Pakistan an offer it cannot refuse
July 20, 2017

A leg-up from an all-weather friend

BRIEFING: The Chinese Government’s Misleading White Paper on the Human Rights Situation in East Turkestan
Jul 6, 2017
SCIO presents the white paper

For immediate release

July 6, 2017 2:35 pm EST

Contact: Uyghur Human Rights Project +1 (202) 478 1920

BRIEFING: Ban on “Islamic” names an absurd intrusion into Uyghurs’ private lives
May 4, 2017

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) expresses alarm at recent measures preventing Uyghurs from choosing state restricted names for their newborn children.

Discrimination, Mistreatment and Coercion: Uyghurs Face Severe Labor Rights Abuses in China and East Turkestan
Apr 5, 2017

Unemployment is one of the biggest challenges facing the Uyghur people in East Turkestan.