UHRP in the News

USCIRF Welcomes Appointment by Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Nury Turkel to U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
May 26, 2020
Nury Turkel

Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced the appointment of Nury Turkel, a lawyer and Uyghur rights advocate, to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

Uighurs in US Say China Using Detained Family Members in Forced Interviews
May 26, 2020
Uyghurs demonstrate in Washington DC on Feb 05, 2020 in remembrance of  Ghulja massacre. Photo: RFA

By Asim Kashgarian
May 24, 2020 09:18 PM

DW interview: Uyghur woman remains 'unfree' despite release from re-education camp
May 19, 2020
Gulgine Taschmemet

Gulzire Taschmemet’s sister vanished into Xinjiang’s re-education camps in 2017. Despite hearing from her earlier this month, she doubts her sister is free from Beijing’s surveillance, she told DW.

Uyghurs Urge Other States to Copy US Sanctions Bill For Chinese XUAR Abuses
May 18, 2020
Detainees listening to speeches in a camp in Lop County, Xinjiang, April 2017.

The Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 requires a House vote before it reaches President Trump.

Uyghurs Without Passports: Forced Legibility and Illegibility
May 12, 2020
Uyghurs march in Brussels to call for an end to mass detentions of Uyghurs in China, April 27, 2018. Photo: RFA

I am among thousands of Uyghurs who cannot renew their passports and like them I cannot make plans. I cannot enroll at university, I cannot work, and I cannot travel. I don’t want to go back to China to get a new passport out of fear I will never come back. I don’t know what to do.

Cultural destruction in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Dr. Elise Anderson’s presentation)
May 12, 2020

On May 9, 2020, we hosted a symposium on what is happening in Xinjiang and why it matters.

After advocating for his release, Uighur woman hears from father via Chinese media
May 6, 2020
Exiled Uighur Samira Imin holds a picture of her father, Iminjan Seydin, who went missing in China’s Xinjiang province in 2017. (Photo curtesy of Samira Imin).

Samira Imin had been waiting three years to see her father’s face again.

Patrolling Hearts and Minds? A ‘Red Alert’ Surveillance Warning to the World
April 28, 2020

First the excuse was terrorism. In the years following 9/11, governments around the world capitalised on fear like never before and it became the excuse for the introduction of some of the most draconian surveillance systems the world had ever seen.

Diaspora Uighurs Continue Online Activism Against Crackdown in Xinjiang
April 28, 2020
Twitter user @SamiraImin’s April 20 post in the #HearUyghurs campaign.

By Asim Kashgarian
April 27, 2020 08:01 PM

Uyghurs launch silent campaign to demand more international attention on the persecution in Xinjiang
April 27, 2020
Twitter user @Alfred_Uyghur’s April 20 post in the #HearUyghurs campaign.

As the coronavirus continues to spread across the world, overseas Uyghurs remain concerned about the situation in Xinjiang.