UHRP in the News

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.

Terrorism charges for Uighurs disputed
August 29, 2015
This photo taken on April 19 shows Uighur men walking into the Id Kah mosque for afternoon prayers in Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. (Photo by Greg Baker/AFP)

Courts across China's restive Xinjiang region have sentenced 45 people on terrorism charges amid a crackdown against minority Muslim Uighur separatists.

Governments Playing Political Ping-Pong with China’s Uyghurs
July 23, 2015
Uyghurs, a minority Muslim group in China, say they have faced years of oppression under Chinese rule. Credit: Gustavo Jeronimo/CC-BY-2.0

Two reports released in quick succession by the international rights group Human Rights Watch have highlighted the plight of China’s minority Uyghur population and shed light on their continuing struggle to find a safe haven elsewhere in the region.

Uighur deportation sparks anger in Turkey
July 11, 2015
Suspected Uighurs from China's troubled far-western region of Xinjiang sit inside a temporary shelter after they were detained at the immigration regional headquarters near the Thailand-Malaysia border in Hat Yai, Songkla, 14 March 2014. Reuters

Hundreds of Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking, largely Muslim minority, have been deported to China by the Thai authorities — despite calls for their protection.

Thailand Defends Its Decision to Forcibly Return Uighur Migrants to China
July 11, 2015

The move has been condemned by the U.N., Washington and human-rights groups

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