UHRP in the News

China plans new law to combat religious extremism
January 19, 2016
A group of Uyghur women stand outside a mosque in Kashgar, in farwest China's Xinjiang region (AFP Photo/Carol Huang)

Minority Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang fear move a further clampdown on faith

Why Uyghur Issues Go Unreported—in and outside China
January 13, 2016
Greg Fay is project manager of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, a nonprofit human rights research, reporting, and advocacy organization promoting human rights and democracy for Uyghurs and others living in East Turkestan.

Greg Fay, project manager of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, discusses the formidable challenges to covering the Uyghur minority in China

Holding the fate of families in its hands, China controls refugees abroad
December 30, 2015
TOUGH HOMECOMING: Erkin Kurban says he was pressured to spy on the Uighur community in Canada when he returned to visit his family in Xinjiang in 2013. A long-haul truck driver, Kurban is seen here on a trip between California and Montreal, where he now lives. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

How Beijing is infiltrating and intimidating Uighur exile communities, from the Americas to Europe to Australia.

China opts to build an alliance against terrorism
December 17, 2015
Paramilitary police officers stand guard along a street in Urumqi, capital of China's Muslim Uighur homeland of Xinjiang, on May 23, 2014. (Photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP)

Hope for an improvement to the rights situation of Uighur Muslims appear bleak

The Complex Impact of Urbanization in Xinjiang
December 16, 2015
The aptly named Ya’ou (Asia-Europe) Boulevard, part of the Western Europe-Western China Highway which will soon stretch from the east coast of China to St. Petersburg, Russia, runs through the center of Horgos. The border with Kazakhstan is in the background. Image Credit: Wade Shepard

There’s a logic to China’s urbanization scheme, but its social and cultural impacts are complex.

Time for a Change: European Parliament Conference Exposes Uyghur Struggle for Freedom of Religion
October 27, 2015

In light of the ongoing violations of religious freedom in East Turkestan and considering the limited international response to China’s abuse of Uyghur fundamental human rights, the UNPO and the WUC convened a high-level conference in Brussels entitled “In Defense of Religious Freedom: The Uyghur Struggle For Human Rights”, hosted by Ms Izaskun Bilbao Barandica MEP (ALDE)

Ilham Tohti Documentary
October 26, 2015

A professor at Minzu University in Beijing and the foremost Uighur public intellectual in the People’s Republic of China, he was sentenced to life in prison in September 2014 for advocating basic economic, cultural, religious and political rights for the Uighur people.

China warns of 'heavy pressure' in Xinjiang
September 28, 2015
China is gearing up to mark on October 1 the 60th year of Xinjiang Autonomous Region's formation [Reuters]

Senior official asks Uighur Muslim figures to oppose "extremism" in lead-up to 60th anniversary of region's formation.

'President Obama most likely would be in prison': China rights record slammed in US ahead of Xi Jinping's state visit
September 24, 2015
People hold up photos of alleged victims of persecution during a protest in front of the White House ahead of the upcoming state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: AFP

US activists and lawmakers slammed China’s recent rights record on Friday as controversy mounts ahead of a visit to Washington by President Xi Jinping.

9 NGOs Letter to President Obama on Xi’s Visit
September 9, 2015

We write regarding the state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping on September 24-25, 2015. Our organizations have worked to help promote and defend human rights in China for decades, and are deeply concerned by the significant erosions to rights during President Xi’s tenure.