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Feb 5, 2008

On the eleventh anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre, the Uyghur American Association (UAA) remembers the hundreds of Uyghurs who were killed, imprisoned, or who disappeared after having taken part in a peaceful demonstration in Ghulja in the northwest of East Turkestan (also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region or XUAR).

Dec 17, 2007

In a Voice of America (VOA) Chinese-language news report dated December 13, 2007,  Chinese Embassy spokesman Wang Baodong was quoted as having responded via e-mail to questions from a VOA reporter regarding the grave medical condition of Rebiya Kadeer's son Ablikim Abdureyim.

Dec 12, 2007

The Uyghur Human Rights Project has learned that Ablikim Abdureyim, the son of prominent Uyghur democracy leader Rebiya Kadeer, is in dire medical condition in Bajiahu prison near Urumchi, the regional capital of East Turkestan.

Nov 12, 2007

According to Xinhua, China’s official new agency, the Intermediate People’s Court of Kashgar has sentenced four Uyghurs to death, and another two to life imprisonment, on charges including engaging in “separatist activities”, “training at a terrorist camp” and “illegally making explosives”.

Nov 1, 2007


On Wednesday, the Congressional Human Rights Caucus (CHRC) held a briefing highlighting the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) abysmal record in combating human trafficking, especially the trafficking of women and children.

Oct 16, 2007

As the leaders of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) meet this week in Beijing for the 17th Chinese Communist Party Congress, the Uyghur American Association urges them to take some time to address the dire situation created by their policies in East Turkestan

Sep 20, 2007

On Wednesday, the Congressional Human Rights Caucus (CHRC) held a briefing to discuss the role of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Central and East Asia.

Sep 18, 2007

By a voice vote, the House of Representatives on Monday passed House Resolution 497, calling on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to immediately release the children of Rebiya Kadeer and Canadian citizen Huseyin Celil and refrain from further engaging in acts of cultural, linguistic, and religious suppression directed against the Uyghur people in East Turkestan.

Sep 11, 2007

3On the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the Uyghur American Association (UAA) remembers the tragic loss of life at the hands of terrorists, and offers condolences to victims of terrorism throughout the world.

Aug 9, 2007

From August 9th to 17th, more than 6,500 troops from member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will participate in “anti-terrorism” exercises in Urumchi, the capital of East Turkistan (also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region or XUAR) and Chelyabinsk, Russia. Sixteen hundred Chinese troops will join the armed forces of the five other SCO members- Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan- in the joint military exercises, billed as “Peace Mission 2007”.

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