UHRP in the News

Chinese City Bans Big Beards on Buses
August 6, 2014
FILE - An Uighur man sits at a street market in Kashgar, Xinjiang province.

A city in China's violence-hit Xinjiang region has banned people with long beards from riding public buses, the latest move likely to aggravate many in the region's predominantly Muslim Uighur community.

Uyghurs Punished for Roles in Tiananmen Terrorist Attack
June 23, 2014

LinkAsia speaks with Alim Seytoff, president of the Uyghur American Association and director of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, about the struggle Uyghurs in China face and the shortcomings of China's policies in their native province of Xinjiang.

Uhygurs ‘Caged’ by Internet Restrictions, Charges Report
June 17, 2014
lham Tohti, economics professor and webmaster of a popular Uyghur website, was arrested in late 2013 for advocating "splittism". Draconian restrictions on internet usage restrain Uyghur users in Xinjiang Province to a virtual cage, says a human rights group. (Frederic J.Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Uyghurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim people based in China’s northwestern Xinjiang Province, suffer internet restrictions imposed by the Chinese Communist regime (CCP) that amount to a virtual cage, says a new report from the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP).

China Pushes Assimilation to Calm Xinjiang Unrest
June 10, 2014
FILE - Two ethnic Uighur men walk in a clothing market in downtown Urumqi

China's remote Xinjiang region is facing growing ethnic unrest, becoming one of Chinese President Xi Jinping's biggest challenges.

Welcome to the Uighur Web
April 21, 2014

Amid police crackdowns and stifling censorship, one Chinese ethnic minority struggles to be heard online.

China Xinjiang teen 'dies after police clash'
April 17, 2014
Family members and relatives of Ablimit as well as residents of his township prepare to take his body wrapped in white cloth in a protest march to the Kelpin county center, April 13, 2014.

A teenager in China's Xinjiang has died after speeding past police checkpoints and clashing with officers, state media said Thursday, in the latest violence to hit the restive far-western region.

China presses Thailand to return Uighur refugees
April 3, 2014
A suspected Uighur from China’s troubled far-western region of Xinjiang, weeps as he speaks with a translator after being detained at the immigration regional headquarters near the Thailand-Malaysia border in Hat Yai, Songkla March 14, 2014. About 200 people rescued by police from a human smuggling camp in southern Thailand on Wednesday are suspected Uighur Muslims from China’s troubled far-western region of Xinjiang, say Thai police.

A group of mainly Muslim refugees from western China has become the focus of an international tug-of-war in Thailand as Beijing flexes its diplomatic muscle and western powers warn Bangkok not to send them home.

Uygur groups condemn charge against academic Ilham Tohti
February 26, 2014
An Uygur boy holds a placard with a photo of Ilham Tohti that reads 'Freedom to Ilham Tohti' during a demonstration. Photo: AP

Ilham Tohti charged with separatism, which can carry the death penalty

Uyghur rights and China
January 15, 2014
Ethnic Uighur women grieve for their men, 7 July 2009, who they believe were taken away by the Chinese authorities following bloody clashes in Urumqi two days previously

The situation of the Uyghur minority in north-west China became even more precarious in 2013, says Henryk Szadziewski.

Beijing Hits Out Amid Criticism on Human Rights
December 11, 2013
A dozen petitioners facing repatriation exit a van outside a government complex in Beijing, Dec. 9, 2013.

Thousands of ordinary Chinese who try to speak out about rights abuses are detained in the capital.