September 2020

UHRP Board Chair named to TIME’s 100 most influential people

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 22:01

UHRP Board Chair Nury Turkel has been named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by TIME. 

Uyghurs hail action by U.S. Congress on China’s forced labor, worst since WWII

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 15:22

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) extends its deep gratitude to the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. The bill is the first national legislation anywhere in the world enforcing human-rights standards to end the import of goods made with Uyghur forced labor. 

Auditors to Stop Inspecting Factories in China’s Xinjiang Despite Forced-Labor Concerns

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 22:57

Restricted access has made examinations difficult in a region where China’s repressive tactics against Muslim minorities have been criticized. By Eva Xiao

Uighur Muslims deserve better than re-education camps — Rais Hussin

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 22:55

Xinjiang, contrary to what many people believe, is not the word which Uighur Muslims themselves chose, or accept. In Mandarin, it means “new land.” But here is the puzzle. Islam has a history in China, especially Xi-An, even much further east to Xinjiang, since the 7th century AD. By Rais Hussin

Xinjiang government confirms huge birth rate drop but denies forced sterilization of women

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 22:51

Chinese officials have officially acknowledged birth rates in Xinjiang dropped by almost a third in 2018, compared to the previous year, in a letter to CNN in which they also denied reports of forced sterilization and genocide by authorities in the far western region. By  Ivan Watson, Rebecca Wright and Ben Westcott

Missing Uyghur Confirmed Dead by UN Working Group on Disappearances

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 22:43
Ghopur Hapiz in an undated photo.   Fatimah Abdulghafur

The Chinese government says Ghopur Hapiz died from ‘pneumonia and tuberculosis’ in 2018.

Beijing’s attack on Uyghurs isn’t counterterrorism

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 22:39

The Chinese government insists its detention and re-education of Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities is part of legitimate counterterrorism operations. By Leigh Hartman

Sexual Abuse of Uyghur Women by CCP Cadres in Xinjiang: A Victim Speaks Out

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 22:36
Qelbinur Sidik. She does not show her face for security reasons.Bitter Winter

Now a refugee in Europe, Qelbinur has decided to break her silence and tell Bitter Winter the reality about Han Chinese “relatives” sent to Xinjiang to live in the homes of Uyghurs. By Ruth Ingram

EU companies selling surveillance tools to China’s human rights abusers

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 22:33

European tech companies risk fuelling widespread human rights abuses by selling digital surveillance technology to China’s public security agencies, a new Amnesty International investigation reveals.

Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Gains Traction in Congress

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 10:44

Uyghur Americans met with 58 Congressional offices in August and early September to urge action on China’s widespread use of Uyghur forced labor. The advocacy days coincided with increased attention to the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, a bill designed to end corporate complicity of American companies and consumers in forced labor.