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‘This Is No Longer the Xinjiang of My Memories’

An ethnic Han man shares his impressions of Xinjiang after visiting it many years since his first encounter with the Uyghur region. As the CCP government intensified “stability maintenance” measures in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, its residents lost almost all their privacy and freedom. More and more ethnic Han people living outside the region come to realize that Xinjiang has become a giant prison. Zhang Li (we use a pseudonym) is one of them. Because of his business, Zhang Li lived…

History repeats itself: Chinese state terror and the dismantling of Uyghur neo-Jadidism

The city of Ghulja is reputed as a center of Uyghur rebellion, and has, in fact, often been a locus of resistance to Chinese power. Capital of the second independent Republic of East Turkestan from 1944 to 1949, Ghulja boasts many legendary heroes, such as Nuzugum, Sadir the Brave and Ghéni the Brave. That is just part of its identity: the city also claims renowned artists and literary figures such as Lutpulla Mutellip, Zunun Qadiri, Tiyipjan Eliov and Zordon Sabir. Ghulja is…

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

Sam Brownback is a lawyer, former United States Senator and former governor of the state of Kansas who has served as the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom since February 2018. He spoke with RFA Uyghur Service Director Alim Seytoff on June. 24 about U.S. President Donald Trump’s enactment last week of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 (UHRPA), which passed nearly unanimously through both houses of Congress at the end of May. The legislation highlights arbitrary incarceration, forced labor,…

Statements & Press Releases
The Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region press release – 180+ Orgs Demand Apparel Brands End Complicity in Uyghur Forced Labour (1)
End Uyghur Forced Labour

** EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01 HKT/5:01 BST/00:01 ET ON 23 JULY 2020** 180+ Orgs Demand Apparel Brands End Complicity in Uyghur Forced Labour Today, 72 Uyghur rights groups are joined by over 100 civil society organisations and labour unions from around the world in calling on apparel brands and retailers to stop using forced labour in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (“Uyghur Region”), known to local people as East Turkistan, and end their complicity in the Chinese government’s human rights abuses. [Visit the…

Statement on the US President’s Signing of Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act (S.3744)

The Uyghur American Association thanks President Donald Trump for signing the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 (S.3744) into law today. We are grateful to the President and members of Congress—and their tireless staff—who have been indefatigable defenders of human rights, fundamental freedoms and democratic values in East Turkistan. The United States is, and has always been, a champion for human rights throughout the world. In times of peace and in times of peril, the United States has protected society’s most vulnerable…

Statement on recognizing June 17th as Uyghur American Friendship Day

On June 17th, 2020, United States President Donald Trump signed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 (S.3744) into law. The Uyghur community will forever remember June 17th as the day when, for the first time in history, a nation passed a law that addresses the ongoing, unspeakable human rights crisis in East Turkistan. To commemorate this unprecedented action, we propose recognition of June 17th as Uyghur American Friendship Day. On Uyghur American Friendship Day, we thank the American people for…

2019 Report on International Religious Freedom: China – Xinjiang

This separate section on the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region is included given the scope and severity of reported religious freedom violations specific to the region this year. 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 in Xinjiang and subjected them to forced disappearance, political indoctrination, torture, psychological and physical…

UHRP REPORT—Kashgar Coerced: Forced Reconstruction, Exploitation, and Surveillance in the Cradle of Uyghur Culture

For immediate releaseJune 3, 2020 10:00 am EDTContact: Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) +1 (202) 790-1795, (703) 217-7266 The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) has released a new report, Kashgar Coerced: Forced Reconstruction, Exploitation, and Surveillance in the Cradle of Uyghur Culture. The report documents the Chinese government’s campaign to stamp out tangible aspects of Uyghur culture, using the ancient city of Kashgar as the most emblematic case. On the one hand, Kashgar is regarded as the “cradle of Uyghur culture,” lying…