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Jun 14, 2006


The Uyghur American Association (UAA) condemns the unlawful arrest of Ms. Rebiya Kadeer’s three adult children by the Chinese government in strongest terms and demands their immediate release.

Jun 5, 2006

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) has learned from a credible source details of a Uyghur man currently being tortured in a detention center in YiliPrefecture, and who has so far been denied food for three days.

Jun 1, 2006


The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) has learned that two adult children of Rebiya Kadeer were severely beaten by police officers outside the regional capital of Urumchi on June 1. The beating was witnessed by four of Ms Kadeer’s grandchildren. Her son Ablikim Abdiriyim who suffers from a heart condition, lost consciousness and was taken to hospital where it is thought he remains.

May 30, 2006

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) has learned that three adult children of the Uyghur human rights activist and former prisoner of conscience Rebiya Kadeer, have been detained by police and are being refused permission to contact other family members or lawyers.

May 5, 2006

The Uyghur American Association has just learned from the US State Department that five Uyghurs who had been detained at Guantanamo Bay have been released from US custody, and have already arrived in Albania where they are to be re-settled.

Mar 23, 2006

An "amicus brief" will be filed today (March 23 2006) in the United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC on behalf of the Uyghur American Association (UAA), arguing for the release of two Uyghurs still detained in Guantanamo Bay.

Dec 30, 2005

Burhan Zunun, a Uyghur from Ghulja in East Turkistan, died at mid-day on December 29 in hospital in Denmark, apparently as a result of injuries sustained during an attempted suicide in police detention on Christmas Day.

Dec 23, 2005

In a decision issued December 22, District Judge James Robertson ruled that the imprisonment of the Uyghur detainees, Abu Bakker Qassim and A’del Abdul Al Hakim at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is unlawful.

Dec 22, 2005

The US Senate yesterday approved final versions of the Defense Authorization and Appropriations bills, both containing measures meant to clarify the procedures for reviewing the status of Guantanamo detainees. However, the wording of the bills is so ambiguous that the fate of the Uyghur detainees and their future legal reviews remain uncertain.

Dec 5, 2005

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) and the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) today welcomed initial comments by Dr Manfred Nowak, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, on his mission to the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

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