Press Releases

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.

Nov 9, 2006

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) on behalf of its members would  like to congratulate Congressman Tom Lantos and Congressman Frank  Wolf on their re-election to the US Congress and delighted at the prospect of future co-operation with  Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, who is set to be the new Speaker of the  House.

Oct 13, 2006

Ms. Rebiya Kadeer today expressed her heartfelt congratulations to Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. Ms. Kadeer is in complete agreement with the Nobel Committee’s assessment that “Muhammad Yunus has shown himself to be a leader who has managed to translate visions into practical action for the benefit of millions of people .

Sep 14, 2006

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) has learned that several thousand Uyghurs in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, have been refused visas to travel to Saudi Arabia to participate in a religious pilgrimage, apparently as a result of interference from the Chinese embassy in Islamabad. According to some estimates, as many as 6000 Uyghurs in Rawalpindi are awaiting visas.

Sep 13, 2006

The Uyghur American Association (UAA), which represents the collective voice of the Uyghur people in the United States of America, was delighted by the recent news that its current president, Ms. Rebiya Kadeer, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Sep 11, 2006

It has been five years since the world was changed by the events of 9/11, events which continue to have repercussions for people everywhere, not least the families of the people who were killed on that day. The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) adds its voice to the chorus of those who offer their support and condolences to all people affected by terrorism.

Sep 7, 2006

In late August 2006, the Chinese authorities claimed that security forces in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), also known as East Turkistan, have seized over 41 metric tons (45 tons) of explosives “from the hands of terrorists since 1990.


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