September 2019

Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize awarded to Ilham Tohti

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 16:57

The Council of Europe has awarded its prestigious annual human rights award to imprisoned Uighur activist Ilham Tohti. It has also jointly honored the Balkan-based Youth Initiative for Human Rights.

A statement of solidarity with the oppressed from the Uyghur Human Rights Project on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 11:45

For immediate release
September 30, 2019 11:45 am EST
Contact: Uyghur Human Rights Project +1 (202) 478 1920

US Urges Action on China’s Uyghur Camps From Muslim World

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 18:02

Senators urge Mike Pompeo to push for sanctions on repression campaign architect Chen Quanguo.

Christian Shepherd on Xinjiang and China’s changing ethnic policy

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 17:58

This week on the Sinica Podcast, Kaiser and Jeremy speak with Christian Shepherd, the Beijing correspondent for the Financial Times.

Australian Uyghurs call on Federal Government for protection amid detainment fears

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 17:55
PHOTO: Shirmuhammed Hasan — seen here with his mother — fears for the safety of his family in Xinjiang. (Supplied: Shirmuhammed Hasan)

Uyghurs living in Australia are lobbying the Federal Government to provide urgent refugee protection through the creation of a special humanitarian visa.

‘Are they sick? Are they dead?’: What really happened to China’s missing Uighur people

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 17:53

China is committing one of the most horrific crimes of the modern era — and as Beijing’s “lies” fall apart, the world has glimpsed the truth.

East Turkestan: Chair of DROI Releases Statement on Xinjiang

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 17:50
Photo courtesy of Yanni Koutsomitis/Flickr

Voicing deep concern about the news of the imminent execution of renowned academic Tashpolat Tiyip, Maria Arena, the Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) of the European Parliament, issued a statement today on the treatment of Uyghur detainees by China.

Congress must take action on Chinese human rights abuses

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 17:49
A photo posted to the WeChat account of the Xinjiang Judicial Administration shows Uyghur detainees listening to a 'de-radicalization' speech at a re-education camp in Hotan prefecture's Lop county, April 2017.  Wikipedia

“It has become a crime to be Uighur in China.” Jewher Ilham, a Uyghur activist from China, made this disturbing assertion this week at a religious freedom event on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting, the first such event ever hosted by an American president.

Taking the Classroom to Capitol Hill: Students Champion Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 17:47

On September 12, 2019, the United States Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019, which “condemns gross human rights violations of ethnic Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang” and calls for an end to “arbitrary detention, torture, and harassment of these communities inside and outside China.”