UHRP in the News

Pro-Uighur protests in Indonesia shadowed by ominous domestic politics
January 11, 2019
Indonesian protestors hold up a banner during a rally in front of the Chinese embassy in Jakarta, Dec. 21, 2018 .  Rina Chadijah/BenarNews

In mid-December, hundreds in this majority-Muslim country rallied outside the Chinese Embassy here to protest China’s treatment of its Muslim minority Uighurs. Similar rallies took place in Bandung, Aceh and Surakarta the same day, all calling on the Indonesian government and President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to speak up on behalf of Uighur religious and human rights.

China Plans to 'Sinicize' Islam as Muslims Warn of Eradication Campaign
January 8, 2019
The China Islamic Association holds a seminar on "The Orientation of Islam in China 2018-2022," Jan. 5, 2019.  Moosely Online

The government-backed Islamic Association says the religion must be compatible with President Xi Jinping's political thought.

Is China Preparing for Foreign Inspections of Camps in East Turkestan?
December 27, 2018
A photo posted to the WeChat account of the Xinjiang Judicial Administration shows Uyghur detainees listening to a 'de-radicalization' speech at a re-education camp in Hotan prefecture's Lop county, April 2017.  Wikipedia

The Chinese government seems to have been caught off-guard by the outpouring of criticism of its massive campaign of repression of Uyghurs and other Turkic minorities.

Huawei exposed: How the world's biggest telecom company works with the Chinese regime
December 25, 2018

‘Huawei Exposed’: The Epoch Times Hosts Panel Discussion

Amnesty chapter speakers discuss plight of Uyghurs
December 19, 2018
Nicole Morgret,  spoke about the oppression of Uyghurs Dec. 10 at the Amnesty International Cape May Chapter event at the Ocean City Free Public Library.  Kristen Kelleher/SENTINEL

Two speakers at an Amnesty International Cape May Chapter event, an organization whose members campaign against human rights abuses, described how more than one million Uyghurs are in detention camps.

These Uyghur activists are standing up to China
December 14, 2018

Uyghur Activists speak up about the Chinese internment camps

Uighur lawyer Nury Turkel says Australia should sanction Chinese officials
December 14, 2018
"When I hear people whining about spending time with their parents, I tell them to spend as much time with them as you can. Ring them every day," Turkel says. Jessica Hromas

Nury Turkel is apologetic on the phone. "I'm so sorry. I will be a little late. Don't shoot me." A friend is driving the US-based Uighur activist from Parramatta in western Sydney to lunch in the city and the traffic is terrible

Human Rights Day: It’s time for global sanctions on China to end the Uyghur human rights crisis
December 10, 2018
Photo posted by the Xinjiang Judicial Administration to its WeChat account, April 2017, showing detainees at a camp in Lop county, Hotan prefecture, Xinjiang. Photo: RFA, Oct. 2, 2018; cf. WaybackMachine Internet Archive, April 17, 2017.

Monday marks 70 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Drafted in the wake of the atrocities of WWII, its 30 articles constitute governments’ explicit pledge to prevent a repetition of the crimes against humanity of the 1930s and 40s.

La Trobe Asia event: What’s happening to the Uyghurs in China?
December 10, 2018

In the Chinese region of Xinjiang, tens of thousands of ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities have been detained inside enormous extrajudicial ‘re-education camps’. China claims the region faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists, stirring up tensions between the mostly Muslim Uyghur minority and the ethnic Han majority. 

The Uyghur emergency: The causes and consequences of China's mass incarceration of Turkic Muslims
December 10, 2018

The Chinese government is under increased pressure over its archipelago of mass detention camps, holding approximately one million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (also known as East Turkestan). Beijing has responded with a flurry of contradictory rhetoric, first denying that the camps exist, then portraying them as voluntary vocational training centres, and most recently describing them as a ‘counter-terrorism’ measure that Europe should learn from.