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Mar 14, 2008

The President of the Uyghur American Association and Nobel Prize Nominee, Rebiya Kadeer, today expressed the full support and solidarity of the Uyghur people with the Tibetans in light of the brutal crackdown on Tibetan monks and nuns. As the family of nations prepares to gather for the 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing has tainted the Olympics with the blood of innocent people.

Mar 12, 2008

A US State Department report released yesterday draws attention to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) government’s continuing and serious human rights abuses against the Uyghur people of East Turkestan (designated as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region or XUAR by PRC authorities).

Mar 11, 2008

The Uyghur American Association is gravely concerned that People’s Republic of China (PRC) officials have been exaggerating the threat of domestic terrorist activity as an excuse to intensify their ongoing campaign of repression against the Uyghur people of East Turkestan (designated as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region or XUAR by PRC authorities).

Feb 19, 2008

State-controlled Chinese media reports indicate that on January 27, People’s Republic of China (PRC) security forces killed two people and captured 15 others in a "terror" raid in Urumchi, the capital of East Turkestan (designated as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region by PRC authorities).

Feb 8, 2008

A new report by the Uyghur Human Rights Project examines a recently implemented People’s Republic of China (PRC) policy that recruits young Uyghur women from majority Uyghur areas of East Turkestan (also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region or XUAR) and transfers them to work in factories in urban areas of eastern China.

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.

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