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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…

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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…

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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…

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…

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Statement in Celebration of Ramadan

Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters, The Uyghur American Association wishes you and your families a safe, peaceful and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a sacred time for reflection, love, and dedication to faith and community. It reminds us of the critical importance of serving others, especially the most vulnerable, during these difficult times. During Ramadan, we hope that you will join us in praying for the safety and wellbeing of the Uyghur nation. Millions of Uyghur men and women have been arbitrarily detained…

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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…

Reports
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‘Re-education’, forced labour and surveillance beyond Xinjiang.

What’s the problem? The Chinese government has facilitated the mass transfer of Uyghur and other ethnic minority citizens from the far west region of Xinjiang to factories across the country. Under conditions that strongly suggest forced labour, Uyghurs are working in factories that are in the supply chains of at least 83 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing and automotive sectors, including Apple, BMW, Gap, Huawei, Nike, Samsung, Sony and Volkswagen. This report estimates that more than 80,000 Uyghurs were transferred…

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UHRP REPORT: Weaponized Passports: The Crisis of Uyghur Statelessness

For immediate release April 1, 2020 3:30 pm EST Contact: Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) +1 (202) 790-1795, (703) 217-7266 UHRP’s new report, “Weaponized Passports: The Crisis of Uyghur Statelessness,” documents an ongoing and worsening issue facing Uyghurs abroad, namely refusal to renew passports and denial of access to other documentation by the Chinese government. For several years, Uyghurs have been unable to renew their passports at Chinese embassies and consulates as other P.R.C. citizens are able to do. Instead, Chinese embassy…

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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…