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Mar 19, 2010

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) extends its deepest gratitude to the UN mandate holders, States, and NGOs that have raised aspects of the Uyghurs' plight during the 13th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which is in progress in Geneva, Switzerland for most of the month of March 2010.

Mar 2, 2010

Although the use of the term "Chinese Muslim" to describe Uyghurs has decreased somewhat in recent months as the international community has gained a better understanding of Uyghurs' identity and the oppression they face, the Uyghur American Association (UAA) remains concerned about the still frequent use of the term in the international media.

Feb 5, 2010

The Uyghur American Association marks the thirteenth anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre, when police opened fire on a peaceful demonstration of Uyghurs in the city of Ghulja [Ch: Yining] in East Turkestan (also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region), and thousands of people were detained on suspicion of participating in the demonstration.

Feb 3, 2010

The Uyghur American Association commends the Swiss government for its decision, announced February 3, to grant asylum to Bahtiyar Mahmud and Arkin Mahmud, two Uyghurs who have been detained without charge since 2002 at the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

Jan 26, 2010

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) condemns the trend of the deportation of Uyghur refugees from countries near China, following reports that 17 Uyghurs, together with one Han Chinese man, were deported last week from Myanmar.

Jan 14, 2010

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) fears that the near doubling of the security budget for East Turkestan, announced on July 13 in Chinese state media, will broaden the scope of the ongoing official repression of Uyghurs and exacerbate ethnic tensions in the region.

Jan 14, 2010

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) fears that the near doubling of the security budget for East Turkestan, announced on January 13 in Chinese state media, will broaden the scope of the ongoing official repression of Uyghurs and exacerbate ethnic tensions in the region.

Dec 23, 2009

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the latest sentencing of 22 Uyghurs in Urumchi, the regional capital of East Turkestan.

Dec 18, 2009



The Uyghur American Association (UAA) has learned that 20 of the Uyghurs who sought refuge in Cambodia, out of an original group of 22, are being held at a detention center in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, and have been told that they are facing imminent deportation to China.

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