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Jul 9, 2007

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) has learned that businessman and Uyghur activist Osman Alihan, born in 1976, was detained by Pakistani security forces in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on July 5. UHRP is gravely concerned that Pakistan plans to extradite Alihan to the PRC.

Jun 5, 2007



In a speech delivered in Prague on June 5 at a conference on democracy and security, President George W. Bush praised the Uyghur leader and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Rebiya Kadeer, citing her as an individual who has struggled for freedom, democracy and human rights in the face of tyranny. President and Mrs. Bush also met privately with Ms. Kadeer at the conference.

Apr 19, 2007

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) has learned that Uyghur-Canadian Huseyin Celil was sentenced to life today by a Chinese court on charges of "terrorist activities" and "plotting to split the country". The verdict, announced by the Intermediate People's Court of Urumchi, also states that Celil will be deprived of his political rights for life.

Apr 17, 2007

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) has learned that Ablikim Abdureyim, the son of prominent Uyghur human rights defender Rebiya Kadeer, was sentenced today by a Chinese court on charges of “instigating and engaging in secessionist activities . The verdict, announced by the Intermediate People’s Court of Urumchi, also states that Ablikim will be deprived of his political rights for three years.

Apr 10, 2007

According to information received by the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), a Working Group has been established to oversee the liquidation of the business assets of Rebiya Kadeer’s family in Urumchi, the regional capital of East Turkistan (otherwise known as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China). Provincial and local authorities reportedly put Kahar Abdureyim, the oldest son of Ms. Kadeer, in charge of the group and ordered him to organize all operational arrangements for its 30 members.

Feb 9, 2007

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) has learned that Uyghur political prisoner Ismail Semed was executed on the morning of February 8 in Urumchi, the provincial capital of East Turkistan (also known as Xinjiang Province) in northwest China. Semed, who was 37 years old at the time of his execution, was sentenced to death in October 2005 on charges of “attempting to split the motherland and other charges relating to the alleged possession of firearms and explosives. He was known to have been politically active in support of Uyghurs’ human rights.

Jan 10, 2007



On Monday February 5, 2007 between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm, members of the Uyghur American Association (UAA), the local Uyghur community and their supporters will gather in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre on February 5, 1997.

Jan 9, 2007

China’s official news agency reported on January 8 that police in East Turkistan (designated as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region by the Chinese authorities) raided a “terrorist camp in a region of the Pamir Mountains, reportedly killing 18 people and capturing 17 others.

Nov 27, 2006

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) has learned that Alim Abdureyim, the youngest son of Uyghur human rights defender and former prisoner of conscience Rebiya Kadeer, was sentenced on Monday November 27 to seven years in prison on charges of tax evasion, and fined RMB 500,000 (USD 62,500).

Nov 17, 2006

Rebiya Kadeer, president of the Uyghur American Association (UAA), today expressed gratitude to Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper for his insistence on including human rights in discussions with senior Chinese officials – including Chinese president Hu Jintao – at the APEC summit in Vietnam.

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