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Feb 1, 2017

On February 5, 1997, Uyghur demonstrators in Ghulja took part in a non-violent protest calling for an end to religious repression and ethnic discrimination in the city.

Jan 25, 2017

The Uyghur Human Rights Project, a Washington, D.C.-based human rights organization that promotes human rights and democracy for the Uyghur people,

Dec 7, 2016

The Uyghur Human Rights Project urges concerned individuals and organizations to publicly call on China to improve human rights in East Turkestan

Oct 11, 2016

In light of award China should immediately and unconditionally release Ilham Tohti and seven of his jailed students

Ilham Tohti is shown in an undated photo.
Sep 29, 2016

Awarding Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti the Sakharov Prize tells China it cannot silence peaceful human rights advocates

Policemen with riot gear stand guard behind a barricade near the site of an explosives attack in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on May 23, 2014. Photo courtesy of HRW / © 2014 Reuters
Sep 26, 2016

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) calls on the European Parliament to award Ilham Tohti the 2016 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Professor Ilham Tohti has been a consistent voice for the equitable treatment of Uyghurs in China and in doing so has made an outstanding contribution to human rights.

In this 2014 file photo, police officers stand guard near a blast site in downtown Urumqi, the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Photo: AP
Aug 29, 2016

G-20 Summit in China is an opportunity to remind Chinese officials of obligations to international rights standards and set human rights tone in the last months of the presidency

Jul 20, 2016

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

Jul 7, 2016

China must guarantee the fundamental human rights of over 100 forcibly returned Uyghur refugees

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