Press Releases

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.

Oct 8, 2008

In a landmark ruling on October 7, U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina paroled the remaining seventeen Uyghurs detained at Guantanamo Bay to the United States. The federal judge ordered that the Uyghurs in Guantanamo be present in Washington, DC on Friday October 10 for a hand over to the Uyghur community in the United States.

Sep 22, 2008

According to official Chinese media reports, Deputy Communist Party Secretary Nur Bakri delivered a lengthy speech on September 10 accusing Western countries of instigating terrorism, separatism and extremism in East Turkestan (also known as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region).

Sep 9, 2008

In the past five weeks the media has reported at great length on a series of attacks in East Turkestan (also known as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region). Details on the attacks have been strictly controlled by Chinese authorities and often the only source for information is Xinhua News Agency, the Chinese government’s official news outlet.

Sep 4, 2008

A new report by the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) examines sweeping security measures being targeted at Uyghurs in East Turkestan (also known as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, or XUAR) following a series of violent attacks that took place prior to and during the Beijing Olympics."

Aug 25, 2008

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) welcomes the successful and peaceful conclusion of the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China on August 24, 2008.

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