UHRP in the News

2019 Report on International Religious Freedom: China - Xinjiang
June 11, 2020

The U.S. government estimated the People’s Republic of China (PRC) government detained more than one million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Hui, and members of other Muslim groups, as well as some Uighur Christians, in specially built internment camps or converted detention facilities

Kashgar Destroyed: A Metaphor for China and the World
June 9, 2020

The ancient city of Kashgar, the “Jerusalem of the Uyghurs,” has been destroyed and rebuilt in “Chinese Disneyfied” architecture, a parable for how the CCP would like to reshape its country and, if possible, ours too.

Kashgar’s Old City Destruction Emblematic of Beijing’s Cultural Campaign Against Uyghurs: Report
June 6, 2020
Labyrinthine construction of the Old City, pre-reconstruction. © FarWestChina

UHRP says China hopes to eradicate the historical significance of the ‘cradle of Uyghur culture.’

A milestone for the Uyghurs
June 4, 2020
Uyghurs march in Brussels to call for an end to mass detentions of Uyghurs in China, April 27, 2018. Photo: RFA

On May 27, 2020, the US House of Representatives, following the Senate, passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act. The bill now goes to the desk of the President to be signed into law.

The Politics of Pop: The Rise and Repression of Uyghur Music in China
June 3, 2020
The Voice of the Silk Road logo

On the evening of September 7, 2014, I sneaked into an auditorium on the campus of the Xinjiang Arts Institute in Ürümchi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China.

USCIRF Welcomes Appointment by Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Nury Turkel to U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
May 26, 2020
Nury Turkel

Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced the appointment of Nury Turkel, a lawyer and Uyghur rights advocate, to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

Uighurs in US Say China Using Detained Family Members in Forced Interviews
May 26, 2020
Uyghurs demonstrate in Washington DC on Feb 05, 2020 in remembrance of  Ghulja massacre. Photo: RFA

By Asim Kashgarian
May 24, 2020 09:18 PM

DW interview: Uyghur woman remains 'unfree' despite release from re-education camp
May 19, 2020
Gulgine Taschmemet

Gulzire Taschmemet’s sister vanished into Xinjiang’s re-education camps in 2017. Despite hearing from her earlier this month, she doubts her sister is free from Beijing’s surveillance, she told DW.

Uyghurs Urge Other States to Copy US Sanctions Bill For Chinese XUAR Abuses
May 18, 2020
Detainees listening to speeches in a camp in Lop County, Xinjiang, April 2017.

The Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 requires a House vote before it reaches President Trump.

Uyghurs Without Passports: Forced Legibility and Illegibility
May 12, 2020
Uyghurs march in Brussels to call for an end to mass detentions of Uyghurs in China, April 27, 2018. Photo: RFA
By Henryk Szadziewski

"I am among thousands of Uyghurs who cannot renew their passports and like them I cannot make plans. I cannot enroll at university, I cannot work, and I cannot travel. I don’t want to go back to China to get a new passport out of fear I will never come back. I don’t know what to do."