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May 14, 2020

The Uyghur Human Rights Project welcomes Senate passage today of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 by unanimous consent. UHRP urges the House of Representatives to take action quickly, in order for the bill to reach the President’s desk to be signed into law.

May 1, 2020

On World Press Freedom Day, UHRP recognizes the vital work of journalists in bringing to light the human rights crisis in East Turkistan.

Apr 29, 2020

In recent months, several Uyghur detention camp survivors have managed to reach safety in democratic countries. UHRP has continuously urged governments around the world to provide safe refuge for Uyghurs abroad, who are at risk of being swept into the camps if forced to return to China.

Apr 29, 2020

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) is deeply concerned that online retail giant Amazon has purchased nearly $10 million worth of equipment from a Chinese surveillance company with direct links to mass detention and the creation of a highly invasive surveillance state in the Uyghur region of China.

Apr 24, 2020

The #HearUyghurs Campaign: On April 17, Uyghur diaspora activist Arslan Hidayat launched a new social-media campaign with the hashtag #HearUyghurs. The campaign highlights the trauma experienced by the worldwide Uyghur diaspora.

Apr 22, 2020

On Earth Day, UHRP highlights the connection between state oppression of Uyghurs and environmental degradation in East Turkistan.

Apr 7, 2020

The Chinese government should play no role in the selection process of United Nations experts tasked with investigating human rights abuses, while at the same time refusing to accept their legitimacy. The Chinese government’s track record of obstructing UN human rights mechanisms should disqualify it from helping to choose independent investigators.

Apr 1, 2020

UHRP’s new report, “Weaponized Passports: The Crisis of Uyghur Statelessness,” documents an ongoing and worsening issue facing Uyghurs abroad, namely refusal to renew passports and denial of access to other documentation by the Chinese government.

Mar 16, 2020

The Uyghur Human Rights Project recognizes 15 years since the release of prominent Uyghur human rights defender, Rebiya Kadeer, from prison in China. Her release in 2005 illustrates that the international community, when it chooses to do so, can make a genuine impact on the ground in China.

Mar 13, 2020

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), in a joint open letter this week, called on the Government Pension Fund of Norway (the “Oil Fund”) to immediately divest from Hikvision and Dahua. These Chinese companies specialize in surveillance equipment and services directly used for the mass detention of Uyghurs and other Turkic groups in the Uyghur region of China.

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