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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”.

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.

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