UHRP in the News

AP Exclusive: Anger with China drives Uighurs to Syrian war
December 22, 2017
FILE - In this file photo taken Sunday, July 5, 2015, Uighurs living in Turkey and Turkish supporters, chant slogans as they hold a Chinese flag before burning it during a protest near China’s consulate in Istanbul, against what they call oppression by Chinese government to Muslim Uighurs in far-western Xinjiang region. Since 2013, thousands of Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority from western China, have traveled to Syria to train and fight alongside al-Qaida, playing key roles in several battles. (L

The Chinese interrogators held burning cigarettes to Ali’s face, tied him against a tree and beat him as they tried to get the Uighur farmer to say he took part in an ethnic riot that killed dozens in western China.

China Collecting DNA From All Uyghurs in Xinjiang Under Guise of Free Physicals
December 13, 2017
A Chinese policeman stands guard as Muslims arrive for the Eid al-Fitr morning prayer at the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar, northwestern China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, June 26, 2017.

The campaign is a ‘gross violation’ of human rights, a watchdog says.

Uyghur Asylum Seeker Detained in Dubai Feared Deported to China
November 28, 2017
An undated photo shows Huseyin Imintohti's application for asylum after it was accepted by the UNHCR in Dubai. Photo courtesy of Nigare Imintohti.

Huseyin Imintohti had applied for protection through the United Nations’ refugee agency.

Uyghur Muslim clerics targeted in China crackdown
October 31, 2017
Uigurs living in the far west of China. Turpan / MM / Flickr / CC 2.0

Imams not complying with the Communist Party’s religious regulations in the Xinjiang region have been sent to political re-education camps.

China’s ‘War on Terror’ Might Bring About a Real Terror Threat
October 30, 2017
Uighurs pray at the Id Kah Mosque in Xinjiang, China. Photo: Preston Rhea/Flickr

In the beginning of the fall, the Chinese government resorted to repressive measures against Uighurs, the country’s Muslim minority

This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like
October 17, 2017

Far from the booming metropolis of Beijing, China is building a sprawling system that combines dystopian technology and human policing. “It’s a kind of frontline laboratory for surveillance.” BuzzFeed News Reporter

Muslims ordered to hand in all copies of the Koran or face ‘harsh punishment’
October 2, 2017
Uyghurs in Hotan

Chinese Muslims have been ordered to hand over religious items including copies of the Koran and prayer mats or they will face harsh punishment. Authorities are stepping up a campaign against Muslims in Xinjiang, north western China, according to Radio Free Aisia.

China’s Abuse of Uighurs
September 28, 2017

You suggest that the United States cooperate with China on terrorism. China has an expansive and unclear definition of terrorist actions — for example, sentencing Prof. Ilham Tohti to life imprisonment for discussing Uighur issues online, accusing him of encouraging students to join terrorist groups.

Chinese police order Muslims to hand in all copies of the Koran and prayer mats or face 'harsh punishment'
September 28, 2017
Morning prayers: Chinese Muslims celebrate Eid which marks the end of Ramadan

Chinese authorities are reportedly stepping up their campaign against Muslims in the north-western region of Xinjiang.

The Battle for China's Spirit Islam
August 24, 2017

Both Hui and Uighur Muslims have experienced intensified restrictions and Islamophobia since Xi Jinping became leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in November 2012, with controls deepening and expanding in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region especially.