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Feb 5, 2009

The Uyghur American Association commemorates the twelfth anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre today, following a year in which human rights abuses spiked in East Turkestan despite promises that the Olympics would bring greater freedoms to the region.

Jan 21, 2009

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) congratulates President Barack Obama on his inauguration, and wishes him all the best as he embarks upon his presidency.

Jan 6, 2009

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) believes that a rise in reported arrests for terrorism, extremism and other state security charges in East Turkestan in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 2008 represents a concerted campaign to stamp out all forms of dissent among Uyghurs in the region.

Dec 30, 2008

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) urges Chinese government authorities to release two young Uyghur students detained in East Turkestan (also known as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in the People’s Republic of China (PRC)) in relation to the organization of a peaceful protest.

Dec 23, 2008

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) is grateful to President-Elect Barack Obama for his expressed willingness to shut down the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

Dec 17, 2008

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) condemns in the strongest possible terms the sentencing of Abdurahman Azat and Kurbanjan Hemit to death in Kashgar, East Turkestan (also known as Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region) on terror related charges.

Dec 10, 2008

As the world marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Uyghurs in East Turkestan (also known as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, in the People’s Republic of China) continue to experience human rights abuses in nearly every aspect of their lives.

Nov 23, 2008

The Uyghur American Association (UAA)/Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) is releasing a press kit with information for the press on the Guantanamo Uyghurs.

Nov 21, 2008

According to an official Chinese media report, new regulations being implemented in the city of Karamay in the northern part of East Turkestan stipulate that minority cadres in the local government must engage in close contact with local mosques and worshippers, in part to “cut off unstable factors” and “achieve the goal of unifying the masses of worshippers”.

Oct 21, 2008

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) is extremely concerned about terror allegations made against eight Uyghur men at an October 21 briefing by Ministry of Public Security spokesman, Wu Heping. UAA was heretofore unaware of these men or of their alleged activities.

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