Category Archives: Eastern Turkestan

Uyghur News ( Wednesday – Friday, July 01 – 03, 2020)

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– Scoop: U.S. seizes $800,000 shipment of Xinjiang products made with human hair

– China’s Own Documents Show Potentially Genocidal Sterilization Plans in Xinjiang

– USCIRF Welcomes Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory

– ‘It’s Time For Action’ From Global Community Over Abuses in Xinjiang: US State Dept Spokesperson

– US issues warning for companies importing from Xinjiang, China

– China’s Software Stalked Uighurs Earlier and More Widely, Researchers Learn

– Xinjiang: US seizes ‘forced labour’ Chinese hair imports

– U.S. Congress urges Trump administration to get tougher on China’s Xinjiang crackdown


– Why we must stand up for the Uighur plight in China – or face a new Mao

– Genocide alert: New evidence shows that Uyghurs subjected to the crime of crimes

– Op-ed: Northeastern’s first Uyghur student denounces China’s mistreatment of his people

– U.S. Seizes Chinese Hair Products Said to Be from Uyghurs in Forced Labor Camps

Uyghur News ( Tuesday, June 30, 2020)

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– Mike Pompeo demands China end ‘Uygur sterilisations in Xinjiang’

– Discrimination Begins Early in Xinjiang

– UK companies urged to review China supply chains amid ‘demographic genocide’ claims

– USCIRF Warns that Forced Sterilization of Uyghur Muslims is Evidence of Genocide

– AP Report Says China Engaging in “Demographic Genocide” of Uyghurs

– US lashes out at China over forced population controls against Uyghurs

– ‘China forcing birth control on Uyghurs to suppress population’

Uyghur News ( Sunday, – Monday June 28 – 29, 2020)

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– Human rights, Uighurs, and Huawei: It’s time for Helsinki with Chinese characteristics

– China sterilising ethnic minority women in Xinjiang, report says

– China Forces Birth Control on Uighurs to Suppress Population

– Poverty Alleviation—Yet Another Tool to Control Xinjiang

– ‘Utmost horror’: China organ harvesting reports being taken very seriously, UK government insists

– Uyghurs Subject to Mass Sterilization: A New CCP Crime Against Humanity

– China Forcing Abortions and Sterilization on Uighur Muslim Women, Says Report

Uyghur News ( Thursday – Friday, June 25 – 26, 2020)

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– ‘This Is No Longer the Xinjiang of My Memories’

– The U.S. Rubber-Stamps Facial Recognition Systems Used to Round Up Uighurs in China

– Delayed sanctions for China’s Uighur atrocities

– ‘The Price of My Studies Abroad Was Very High’: Uyghur Former Al Azhar University

– China guilty of forced labour under ‘horrendous conditions’ on BRI project: US Report

Uyghur News ( Wednesday, June 24, 2020)

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– US Religious Freedom Commissioner: No Excuse for Trump Delay on Chinese Sanctions

– ‘China using counter-terrorism as pretext to detain Uighurs’

– Being Muslim means you’re never safe from China

– ‘The Tools Are Available to The Administration’ to Press China on Uyghurs: US Religious Freedom Envoy

Uyghur News ( Monday, June 22, 2020)

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– Mahire: A Uyghur Mother Punished for Her Care

– Uyghur Diaspora Calls on Trump to Sanction Chinese Officials Over Rights Abuses in Xinjiang

– Trump held off sanctioning Chinese over Uighurs to pursue trade deal

Uyghur News (Thursday – Saturday June 18 – 20, 2020)

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– USCIRF Urges the Administration to Immediately Enforce the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act

– US enacts law to safeguard rights of Uyghurs in China

– ‘Their Supposed Crime is Promoting Terrorist Activity’: Member of Jailed Uyghur Family

– Beijing says it will retaliate after Trump approves Uighur Muslims sanctions law

– China’s ‘cultural genocide’: Uighur repression continues

– Religious freedom group urges Trump to ‘immediately enforce’ sanctions on Chinese officials

Uyghur News (Wednesday, June 17, 2020)

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– Trump signs Uyghur human rights bill on same day Bolton alleges he told Xi to proceed with detention camps

– China targeting Uyghur religious leaders, say families of victims

– Trump Signs Bill Condemning China’s Uighur Camps Shortly After Bolton Book Claims He Encouraged Them

– Trump Signs Sanctions Law Over China’s Treatment of Uighurs

– U.S. law prevents import of products made by forced labor -USTR

– Trump signs bill pressuring China over Uighur Muslim crackdown

– Not Only In Xinjiang, China Threatens Overseas Uighurs

– US takes steps to stop China’s abuse of Uyghurs — as should other countries

– Trump signs bill pressuring China over Uighur Muslim crackdown

Uyghur News ( Friday – Sunday, June 12 – 14, 2020)

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– Xinjiang Authorities Institute Mandarin-Only Instruction at Prominent Uyghur High School

– Uyghur Women Persecuted: Will the Feminists Support Them?

– Religious freedom conditions in China continued to deteriorate: US report

– Nury Turkel, Uyghur Leader: My Work at USCIRF

– Before the Tiananmen Massacre, Uyghurs Led Their Own Protest – The Diplomat

China’s anti-Muslim religious repression in East Turkistan documented in State Department Report

For immediate release
June 12, 2020 4:40 pm EDT
Contact: Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) +1 (202) 790-1795, (703) 217-7266

The U.S. State Department’s 2019 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom documents the Chinese government’s ongoing human rights abuses against Uyghurs and others in East Turkistan due to their Islamic faith, featured in a separate section due to the severity of the abuses. 

The report cites UHRP’s reporting on 435 detained and disappeared Uyghur intellectuals and the systematic desecration and demolition of more than 100 historic and significant mosques across East Turkistan. 

“The record is clear. China is carrying out an all-out war on Islam in East Turkistan,” said UHRP Executive Director Omer Kanat in a statement.  

Throughout 2019, multilateral forums called on the government of China to end attacks on Islam and egregious religious repression of Muslims. At the 2019 Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, a joint statement by five governments expressed “deep alarm” over “the highly repressive campaign against Muslims, including Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and members of other Muslim” groups.   

At the 41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council, 22 governments issued a joint statement on the Uyghur crisis, citing the alarm UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and numerous UN human rights Special Mandate holders.

At the UN General Assembly in October, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States cosponsored a side event featuring the testimony of Uyghur concentration camp survivor Zumrat Dawut. In a historic first, four Uyghurs attended the General Assembly Opening, at the invitation of the U.S. UN Mission, to bear witness with other survivors of religious persecution, including Mr. Nury Turkel, UHRP Board Chair and current Commissioner of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. 

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback highlighted the repression of the Uyghurs in forums from Poland to Taiwan, including a joint op-ed with Ambassador-at-Large for Counterterrorism Nathan Sales, stating that “Beijing is painting its human rights violations as a legitimate counterterrorism effort, when they patently are not.” In November of 2019, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said “[w]e call on the Chinese government to immediately release all those who are arbitrarily detained and to end its draconian policies that have terrorized its own citizens in Xinjiang.”

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