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“When the United States organizes these programs and brings over these people, we have to protect them after the fact so these programs can be successful,” said Rayhan Asat, whose brother, Ekpar, has been imprisoned in China.Credit...Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times
May 12, 2020

Ekpar Asat came to the United States for the State Department’s most prestigious program for foreign citizens. Chinese security officers detained him weeks after he returned home.

May 12, 2020

On May 9, 2020, we hosted a symposium on what is happening in Xinjiang and why it matters.

Iminjan Seydin in an undated photo taken prior to his detention.
May 12, 2020

Held incommunicado for three years, prominent Uyghur historian and publisher Iminjan Seydin suddenly reappeared in a video published by state-run English newspaper China Daily on 4 May 2020.

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
May 8, 2020

An approval would bring the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act a significant step closer to becoming law.

May 8, 2020

When the coronavirus hit, Erkin Sidick thought the global pandemic might convince international investigators to finally visit his homeland in far-West China and look inside the clandestine network of detention camps there.

A screen grab from a video published on May 4, 2020 by the official China Daily shows Iminjan Seydin denying reports that he was held in detention for the past three years.  China Daily/RFA
May 7, 2020

Iminjan Seydin appeared in a video praising the government after he was missing for three years.

May 7, 2020

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday he expects the chamber to move soon to pass a bill that would call on the Trump administration to toughen its response to China’s crackdown on the country’s Muslim minority groups.

May 7, 2020

As the coronavirus began spreading around the world, many nations focused their attention on fighting the pandemic, largely ignoring non-virus-related developments outside its borders.

May 7, 2020

 The sad saga of the Uyghur controversy proceeds apace.

Photo by Uyghur East Turkistan
May 7, 2020

May 5 marks the Uyghur Doppa Festival or Doppa Day. A Doppa is a four cornered hat traditionally worn by the Turkic of peoples of Central Asia and East Turkestan. Often brightly studded or embroidered with a distinctly Islamic and Turkic aesthetic, they are a point of pride for the Uyghurs of East Turkestan.

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