UHRP in the News

The Roots of Hysteria
October 21, 2013

In September 2009, an incident of mass hysteria erupted in Urumchi, the regional capitol of East Turkestan in northwestern China.

Time for China to Ratify International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
October 21, 2013

China will continue defending its record on protecting human rights of ethnic minorities.

Uighur Activist Accuses China of Covering Up Xinjiang Killings
August 28, 2013
Alim Seytoff

A Uighur American activist is accusing China of covering up the killing of about a dozen Muslims during a raid in the northwestern region of Xinjiang last week.

Over News of Clash, a Shroud of Silence in Xinjiang
August 27, 2013
The police standing guard last month in a Uighur neighborhood in the Xinjiang region, where violence flared in late June.

The blood has long since been hosed away, but weeks after Chinese security forces opened fire on a crowd of Muslim protesters, killing what local residents said were scores of young men, there is a palpable fear on the streets of this dusty farming township in Xinjiang, the restive borderland region in China’s far west.

Uyghurs Failed by China’s Policies
July 3, 2013
Anti-terrorism police forces in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region held a swearing-in ceremony on June 29, following violent clashes which killed at least 35 people last week. Meng Jianzhu, secretary of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the Communist Party, attended the ceremony.

Two recent incidents in northwest China have called to attention the dire situation among Uyghurs and the need for a far-reaching review of policies for Chinese officials.

Crackdown, Misunderstanding of Uyghur Faith
July 3, 2013

At a holy site in the Central Asian desert, the indigenous Uyghur people tie rice and corn to grave-markers to "feed" spirits and protect the souls of their dead.

Uyghur Muslims Restricted in China, New Report Says
May 30, 2013

Repressed for over six decades, they often seem to be a forgotten minority in China.

Uighur group faults China on Islam practice
May 30, 2013

China has imposed a "bewildering" array of regulations on the practice of Islam by its minority Uighur population that have severely impeded religious freedom, an advocacy group warned Wednesday.

Sacred Right Defiled – repressing Uyghur religious freedom
May 24, 2013

Religious freedom continued to decline in China this year, according to the State Department’s 2012 Religious Freedom Report.

Sacred Right Defiled: A Former Imam Discusses Uyghur Religious Freedom
May 22, 2013
Photo: unknown, a mosque in Kashger. Banner: It’s prohibited for the following people to go to the mosques to practice religion: 1) Communist Party members, 2) Government employees and retirees, 3) Under 18, 4) Cadres, 5) Women

Late in 2012, in an undisclosed location and over cups of sweet tea, I sat down with a former Imam to talk about Uyghur religious freedom in China.