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Dec 11, 2017

Uyghur Activist, Ilham Tohti, honoured with 2017 Weimar Human Rights Award

Tohti is an academic and founder of Uyghur Online forum, who is an advocate of non-violence and of dialogue between Han Chinese majority and the Uyghur minority in order to improve relations and conditions for the Uyghur community. Tohti’s harsh sentencing in 2014, shows that the Chinese government is not interested in resolving these issues or establishing a dialogue between cultures. The charge...

Dec 11, 2017

Uyghur Activist, Ilham Tohti, honoured with 2017...

Photo Courtesy of the Society of Threatened Peoples On 10 December 2017, the German city of Weimar awarded the 2017 Weimar Human Rights award to Uyghur rights activist Ilham Tohti, in a public ceremony...

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Nov 27, 2017

East Turkestan: Thailand Reportedly Plans to Send...

  This article was publish by Radio Free Asia: Of 25 ethnic minority Uyghurs from China who broke out of a Thai immigration detention center after tunneling through an exterior wall this week, 19...

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Nov 16, 2017

UNPO Roundly Condemns Detention of Thirty Members...

According to various confirmed reports, around 30 relatives of exiled Uyghur leader and prominent human rights activist, Rebiya Kadeer have been arbitrarily detained by Chinese authorities in East Turkestan,...

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Nov 14, 2017

East Turkestan: Dolkun Isa Elected as New President...

Below is a press release published by the WUC: The World Uyghur Congress concluded its 6th General Assembly in Munich, Germany by maintaining its firm commitment to supporting the rights of the Uyghur...

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Nov 10, 2017

UNPO Condemns China’s Cyber Attack on City of...

Below is an article by Chinachange.org   The city of Weimar announced on June 30 [2017] that, in compliance with the Weimar City Council’s recommendation, they were awarding this...

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Oct 20, 2017

Launch of ‘Friends of Uyghur’ Friendship Group...

The event kicked off with UNPO Advocacy Officer Lucia Parrucci reminding the room that the European Parliament has a long history of addressing the gross violations of human rights that have historically...

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Oct 19, 2017

Friends of Uyghurs

On 19 October 2017, the newly-formed Uyghur Friendship Group, in collaboration with MEPs Ilhan Kyuchyuk and Csaba Sógor will host an event to stimulate the sharing of ideas between MEPs, representatives...

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Sep 27, 2017

East Turkestan: Arrested Uyghur Students Disappeared...

  The article below is published by Radio Free Asia: Egyptian authorities have released up to 25 of more than 100 Uyghur students from northwestern China’s Xinjiang region who were detained...

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Sep 26, 2017

East Turkestan: HRW Urges Interpol to Investigate...

Below is an article published by HRW Interpol should address China’s misuse of the “red notice” system during its upcoming meeting in Beijing, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter...

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Sep 15, 2017

HRC36 Side-Event: Freedom of Religion or Belief...

UNPO Programme Director Mr Tommaso Nodari delivered opening remarks briefly introducing the cases of the Nations and Peoples represented during the event. While freedom of religion or belief is one of...

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Sep 14, 2017

HRC Side-Event: Freedom of Religion or Belief...

  Thursday, 14 September 2017, 11:00 to 12:30 Palais des Nations, Room XV, Geneva, Switzerland Side-event to the 36th Session of the UNHRC   In May 2017, the United States Commission on...

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Sep 14, 2017

HRC36 Side-Event: Freedom of Religion or Belief...

UNPO Programme Director Mr Tommaso Nodari delivered opening remarks briefly introducing the cases of the Nations and Peoples represented during the event. While freedom of religion or belief is one of...

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Sep 14, 2017

Uyghurs: China Operates Political and Ideological...

The article below was published in: Radio Free Asia  Thousands of Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities are being held in re-education camps without contact with their families under a policy...

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Sep 05, 2017

East Turkestan: HRW Urges UN Agencies to Resist...

The article below was published by HRW: The Chinese government should end its efforts to weaken United Nations mechanisms that promote human rights, Human Rights Watch said in a new report today. UN agencies...

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Aug 23, 2017

East Turkestan: Beijing Launches Mass Recruitment...

Below is an article published by RFA: Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have launched a massive nationwide recruitment drive seeking tens of thousands of new police officers,...

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Aug 16, 2017

UNPO Severely Condemns Dolkun Isa’s Detention...

Below is the press release of  The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)   USCIRF Condemns Egypt’s Deportation of Uighur Muslims to China   “These...

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Aug 08, 2017

Italian Politicians Inquire About Uyghur HR Activist...

Below you may find both the question posed to the Italian Senate and that to the Italian Chamber of Deputies: Senate Act Inquiry n.4-07937 Presented by: LUIGI COMPAGNA Tuesday 1 August 2017, session...

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Aug 07, 2017

East Turkestan: Turkish Government Intends to...

Below is an article published by MEE: Turkey's Uighur community has voiced fear and concern over plans to impose a media blackout on reports critical of China, following a meeting between Turkish Foreign...

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Aug 01, 2017

East Turkestan: China Prohibits Teaching of Uyghur...

Below is an article published by RFA Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region have issued a directive completely banning the use of the Uyghur language at all education levels up to and...

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Jul 28, 2017

UNPO Condemns Uyghur Human Rights Activist's...

Below is the above-mentioned press release, which you can also download here. Rome, 28 July 2017 - Mr Dolkun Isa was in Italy to partake as a speaker in a conference at the Italian Senate on 26 July entitled...

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Jul 26, 2017

“SOS Stato di Diritto: Emergenza Uiguri”

  Il Senatore Luigi Compagna, in collaborazione con il Partito Radicale Nonviolento Transnazionale Transpartito (PRNTT) e l’Organizzazione delle Nazioni e dei Popoli Non Rappresentati (UNPO),...

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Jul 26, 2017

Uyghur Human Rights Activist Prevented from Speaking...

Below is the above-mentioned press release, which you can also download here. Rome, 26 June 2017 – Uyghur human rights activist and member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO)...

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Jul 25, 2017

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Forced to Download Spyware...

  Below is an article published by Mashable: China has ramped up surveillance measures in Xinjiang, home to much of its Muslim minority population, according to reports from Radio Free...

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Jul 21, 2017

East Turkestan: Uyghur Students Detained by Egyptian...

In response to the Chinese government’s call for Uyghurs studying abroad to return to East Turkestan (Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region), Egyptian security forces are rounding up Uyghur students...

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Jul 13, 2017

Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo Dies in Chinese...

Below is an article published by NPR: Prominent dissident Liu Xiaobo, the only Chinese citizen ever to be awarded a Nobel Prize while still residing in China, has died at age 61. Liu died Thursday [13...

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Jul 11, 2017

East Turkestan: Repressive Policies toward Uyghurs...

  This article was published in the Economist: Chinese officials describe the far western province of Xinjiang as a “core area” in the vast swathe of territory covered by the country’s...

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Jul 07, 2017

East Turkestan: Uyghur Students in Egypt Under...

  Below is an article published by Middle East Eye: Panic is spreading among Cairo's Uyghur community as Egyptian security forces round up students in raids on houses, schools and mosques as part...

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Jul 05, 2017

Pakistan: CPEC and the Burden of Inoperable D...

  The article below was published by Foreign Policy:   In recent months, the Chinese-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has left Pakistanis emboldened, Indians angry, and U.S. analysts worried....

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Jul 03, 2017

East Turkestan: Liu Xiaobo Not Allowed to Leave...

  This article was published by the New York Times: The Chinese authorities have refused permission for Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel Peace laureate paroled from prison for cancer treatment, to go abroad...

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Jul 03, 2017

Uyghur Human Rights Activist Ilham Tohti Has Received...

Uyghur scientist and human rights activist Ilham Tohti – former candidate for the Sakharov Prize – was awarded the Weimar Human Rights Prize by Weimar city council for his commitments to the...

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Jun 27, 2017

Chinese Authorities Grant Liu Xiaobo Long-Delayed...

  The article below was published by The New York Times:   Liu Xiaobo, the jailed Chinese dissident who received the Nobel Peace Prize for his writings promoting democracy, has been given...

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Jun 23, 2017

DROI Chair Urges EU to Review Human Rights Dialogue...

  The article below was published on the European Parliament website:   EU-China Human Rights Dialogue should be strengthened and sharpened, says DROI Chair, Pier Antonio Panzeri (S&D,...

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Jun 16, 2017

East Turkestan: The Uyghur Human Rights Project...

  The article was published by the Times of Central Asia: On the occasion of International Uyghur Language Day, June 15, the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) has called on all concerned individuals,...

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Jun 07, 2017

East Turkestan: Muslim Children Forced to Change...

The article below was published by The Huffington Post:    In the officially atheist China, ethnic Uyghurs are subjected to restrictions on religious and cultural practices that are imposed...

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May 24, 2017

East Turkestan: Mass Medical Examinations for...

This article has been published by Human Rights Watch: China’s police are collecting DNA from individuals for a nationally searchable database without oversight, transparency, or privacy protections,...

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May 19, 2017

UNPO Announces Academic Conference at the University...

University of Oxford School for Geography and the Environment Gottmann Room 12:00 - 17:00  As the current centrepiece of the Chinese One Belt-One Road (OBOR) initiative, the China-Pakistan Economic...

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May 15, 2017

East Turkestan: China Orders Uyghurs Studying...

  Find below an article published by Voanews:  Chinese officials are reported to have ordered Uyghurs studying in schools outside of China to return to their hometowns by May 20. Radio Free...

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May 08, 2017

Uyghur Human Rights Activist Expelled from UN...

New York City, 8 May 2017 – On 26 April 2017, Uyghur human rights activist and member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) Dolkun Isa, who was participating in the United...

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May 08, 2017

Uyghur Human Rights Activist Expelled from UN...

Below is the above-mentioned press release, which you can also download here. New York City, 8 May 2017 – On 26 April 2017, Uyghur human rights activist and member of the Unrepresented Nations and...

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Apr 27, 2017

East Turkestan: Beijing Bans Muslim Traditional...

  The article below was published by Hong Kong Free Press. The story has been covered by the Guardian and the New York Times as well:  Chines authorities have banned Muslim baby names it considers...

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Apr 12, 2017

East Turkestan: China Punishes Official For Not...

  Below is an article published by the New York Times: BEIJING — Authorities in China's restive Xinjiang region have punished a local official for declining to smoke in front of Muslim elders,...

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Apr 06, 2017

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Houses Targeted to Attack...

Below is an article by Radio Free Asia: Authorities in north western China’s Xinjiang region have begun searching the homes of mostly Muslim ethnic Uyghurs for “illegal items,” including...

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Apr 03, 2017

East Turkestan: China Forces Uyghur Population...

  Below is an article published by The Independent:  China has banned burqas, veils and “abnormal” beards in a predominantly Muslim province in what it claims is a crackdown...

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Mar 29, 2017

European Parliament Conference: Forbidden to Move,...

  Under the pretence of “anti-terrorism", Chinese authorities continue to crackdown on Uyghur communities across East Turkestan, depriving them of their most fundamental human rights. In a...

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Mar 21, 2017

East Turkestan: Video Shows Extent of China Targeting...

  Below it is an articles published by BBC:  China says Islamist separatists in Xinjiang are the greatest threat to national security. The far western region is home to a community of some...

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Mar 21, 2017

East Turkestan: Video Shows Extent of China Targeting...

  Below it is an articles published by BBC:  China says Islamist separatists in Xinjiang are the greatest threat to national security. The far western region is home to a community of some...

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Mar 20, 2017

East Turkestan: Chinese Authorities Offer Rewards...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Authorities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region are offering hefty sums of cash to would-be tipsters on terrorist activities, according to...

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Mar 16, 2017

East Turkestan: China’s Communist Party to Intensify...

The article below was published by Turkistan Times    China's Communist Party has hardered its rhetoric on Islam with repeated "warnings" that they will "Sinicise" the country's ethnic and...

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Mar 02, 2017

East Turkestan: Beijing Continues to Display Troops...

  Below is an article published by The Washington Post: BEIJING — China has staged a fresh display of military might in its western Xinjiang region, sending more than 10,000 armed police,...

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Mar 01, 2017

EU Sets Human Rights Priorities for 2017

This year, the Council of the EU promises to engage in facilitating the participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives in meetings of relevant UN bodies. This certainly underpins the work that...

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Feb 24, 2017

East Turkestan: A Chinese Security State In The...

  The following article was published by Pacific Standard:   China has, in recent years, embarked on a far-reaching, oft-chimerical quest to pacify its restive far-Western region of Xinjiang,...

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Feb 21, 2017

East Turkestan: China Mandates GPS Tracking for...

The article below was published by The Guardian: Security officials in China’s violence-stricken north-west have ordered residents to install GPS tracking devices in their vehicles so authorities...

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Feb 15, 2017

East Turkestan: Chinese Government Blames Uyghurs...

  The following article was published by BBC News:   Five people have been killed and five others injured in a knife attack in China's restive Xinjiang region. The three knife-wielding assailants...

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Feb 09, 2017

Persecution of Tibetans and Uyghurs: EP Conference...

In their introductory remarks, Members of European Parliament Ilhan Kyuchyuk (ALDE) and Thomas Mann (EPP) stressed the necessity of bringing awareness to these human rights issues through the platform...

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Feb 08, 2017

Chinese counter-terrorism policy: Impacts and...

On 27 December 2015, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislative body, adopted a law on counter-terrorism, one of a recent package of laws on...

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Feb 07, 2017

East Turkestan: Chinese Government Offers Economic...

The article below was published by Sixth Tone: To the outside world, the south of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is known as part of the historical Silk Road, the route through which China traded...

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Jan 31, 2017

East Turkestan, Taiwan: Government Urged to Grant...

Below is an article published by The China Post: Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer has accepted the invitation to visit Taiwan in March [2017], a pro-Taiwan independence opposition party said on Tuesday,...

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Jan 19, 2017

HRW World Report 2017 Reminds Global Community...

According to the World Report’s emphasis, the most egregious human rights violations against indigenous populations in 2016 can be seen in the crackdowns on Oromo in Ethiopia, the lingering human...

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Jan 11, 2017

East Turkestan: World Uyghur Congress Speech at...

Click here to see the video showing the interruptions on Youtube.

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Jan 05, 2017

East Turkestan: Civil Servants Instructed to No...

Below an article published by Radio Free Asia: Ethnic Uyghur government workers in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region are being ordered to remove the word “Islam” from a box indicating...

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Dec 15, 2016

UNPO Welcomes EU Resolution on Ilham Tohti and...

  The resolution below was published by the European Parliament:   The European Parliament,   –  having regard to its previous resolutions on Tibet, in particular those of...

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Dec 14, 2016

Tibet, Southern Mongolia, East Turkestan: Exiled...

  Below is a statement published by the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Center: In 2016, for those under China’s rule, freedoms have continued on a steep downward spiral. 2016 has been a year...

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Dec 14, 2016

Conference on Ilham Tohti and Human Rights for...

Enver Can, President of the Ilham Tohti Initiative opened the conference alongside the host Margarete Bause, Leader of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen in the Bayrischer Landtag, who reminded...

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Dec 12, 2016

East Turkestan: Uyghur Dissident-In-Exile Calls...

Below an article published by RadioFreeAsia: China on Friday [9 December 2016] detained key dissidents, placing some under house arrest amid growing calls for a tougher U.S. stance on Beijing's rights...

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Nov 29, 2016

UNPO Side-event to UN Minority Forum Highlights...

  In his opening remarks, Marino Busdachin, General Secretary of UNPO, shed a light on the fact that since the independence of East Timor, the UN has failed to advance the fulfilment of the right...

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Nov 24, 2016

East Turkestan: China Tightens Control Over Uyghur...

Below is an article published by UHRP:  China has made it a requirement for residents of Xinjiang to "report" on any religious activities in the largely Muslim province where the beleaguered Uighurs...

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Nov 09, 2016

Tibet/East Turkestan: Vatican Re-Establishes Ties...

  Below is an article published by Human Rights Watch: The Vatican is reportedly poised to strike a deal with the Chinese government to accept China’s ordainment of eight Roman Catholic bishops...

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Oct 25, 2016

East Turkestan: World Uyghur Congress Deeply Concerned...

The press release below was published by the World Uyghur Congress: The World Uyghur Congress strongly condemns the recent decision by a number of counties in East Turkestan (officially Xinjiang Uyghur...

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Oct 21, 2016

East Turkestan: Chinese Authorities Confiscate...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang are requiring residents, who include the mostly Muslim Turkic-speaking Uyghur...

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Oct 13, 2016

Why the Pen is Mightier than the Sword: European...

Invited as a guest of honour and keynote speaker, Jewher Ilham, daughter of Ilham Tohti, gave a touching account of Ilham Tohti as a person, painting the picture of a warm-hearted father who loves to help...

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Oct 12, 2016

East Turkestan: Imprisoned Uyghur Academic Ilham...

  The article below was published by Uyghur Human Rights Project:   In light of award China should immediately and unconditionally release Ilham Tohti and seven of his jailed students. The...

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Oct 10, 2016

European Parliament Conference: Ilham Tohti and...

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) in collaboration with the Ilham Tohti Initiative (ITI) and ChinaChange.org, will convene a conference at the European Parliament entitled “Ilham...

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Sep 28, 2016

East Turkestan: Chinese Government Builds Large...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Faced with growing tensions in its far northwestern region of Xinjiang, China has built a large complex of prisons outside the regional capital...

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Sep 26, 2016

EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy...

In addition to a focus on the urgent theme of migration and refugees, which has affected Europe throughout the past years, some of the main world-wide challenges identified in the Annual Report of 2015...

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Sep 21, 2016

East Turkestan: Ilham Tohti’s Sakharov Nomination...

The article below is courtesy of Radio Free Asia The European Parliament has named jailed Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti as a finalist for a key human rights award in 2016, for "exceptional individuals and...

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Sep 16, 2016

UNPO Members Ilham Tohti and Mustafa Dzhemilev...

Ilham Tohti: Scholar, Advocate, Pacifist Tohti, a Professor of Economics at Minzu University in Beijing, has been critical of state policies regarding Han Chinese settlement in East Turkestan, officially...

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Aug 26, 2016

East Turkestan: Uyghur Businesses Forced to Close...

The article below is published by Radio Free Asia Authorities in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou are targeting restaurants owned by the mostly Muslim Uyghur ethnic group ahead of the city’s...

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Aug 24, 2016

East Turkestan: Daily Harassment and Physical...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:  As China’s ethnic Uyghur Muslim minority group falls under increasing suspicion amid terrorism concerns in the country’s northwest,...

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Aug 22, 2016

China: Journalists Detail Official Efforts to...

The article below is published by the Daily Dot In late March, a mother of five, Sonam Tso, died after self-immolating in protest against Chinese rule outside a monastery in broad daylight. The horrific...

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Aug 19, 2016

East Turkestan: Forced Reassignment of Teachers...

The article below is published by the China Digital Times Global Times reports that 2,939 Uyghur-speaking teachers from Xinjiang will be sent to schools elsewhere in China in what authorities are...

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Aug 16, 2016

East Turkestan: Uyghur Children to Report on Their...

The article below is published by Radio Free Asia The Chinese government is asking school children in the northwestern Xinjiang region to tell authorities who in their family prays, who wears a hajib,...

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Aug 08, 2016

East Turkestan: Regional Government Unleashes...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Authorities in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region unveiled a new local counterterrorism law on Friday [5 August 2016] meant to counter...

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Jul 29, 2016

East Turkestan: Anniversary of Yarkand Massacre...

Below is an article published by the World Uyghur Congress In the year preceding the events in Yarkand, Uyghurs had been killed consistently in a number of violent incidents with security forces. What...

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Jul 15, 2016

World Uyghur Congress Convenes 5th General Assembly...

The event began with a public Opening Ceremony on 11 July 2016, which allowed a number of Uyghur representatives from around the world to address the WUC delegates and guests. President of the WUC, Ms...

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Jun 28, 2016

East Turkestan: Uyghur Finalist at ‘The Voice...

  Photo courtesy of Asia Stars News. Below is an article published by Asia Stars News: Uyghur composer and rock musician Perhat Khaliq continues his rise to fame following his success on the talent...

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Jun 15, 2016

East Turkestan: Leading Uyghur Media Figures Detained...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia   Through telephone interviews, RFA’s Uyghur Service was able to confirm that at least five Uyghurs were held between March and May—Tursunjan...

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Jun 14, 2016

China's New Law on Counter-Terrorism and...

The conference was opened by Ms Tsering Jampa, the Executive Director of ICT Europe, who briefly outlined the objective of the conference and stated that the new anti-terrorism law increases tensions and...

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Jun 08, 2016

East Turkestan: Chinese Authorities Place Ban...

  Below is an article from published by NDTV   China's ruling Communist party is officially atheist and for years has banned government employees and minors from fasting in Xinjiang, home...

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Jun 06, 2016

East Turkestan: US Criticises Chinese Anti-Terror...

  Below is an article published by Reuters: China on Friday asked the United States to respect the fight against what Beijing says are militants in the far western region of Xinjiang, after Washington...

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Jun 02, 2016

UNPO Strongly Condemns Continued Detention of...

At least 70 Uyghur refugees are currently imprisoned in several detention centres across Thailand’s capital, Bangkok - some of them for more than two years already. Deprived of their freedom, for...

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May 26, 2016

European Parliament Conference Launches Ilham...

The conference was opened by the hosting MEP, Mr Ilhan Kyuchyuk (ALDE), who, after discussing the parallels between the efforts in Bulgaria to persuade ethnic minorities to work together, gave the floor...

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May 25, 2016

UNPO Announces European Parliament Conference:...

European Parliament | Brussels, Belgium 25 May 2016 | 15:30 – 17:30 | Room A5G-1   A renown Uyghur economist, writer and professor, Ilham Tohti has worked peacefully to build bridges between...

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May 12, 2016

East Turkestan: India Must Not Bow to Pressure...

  Below is an interview published by India Today: Q: Indian government granted you a visa earlier but later cancelled it. What is the reason for this and did you apply for the visa again? Would...

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May 03, 2016

East Turkestan: Lack of Media Freedom Contributing...

  Below is a press release from the Uyghur Human Rights Project: On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2016, the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) emphasizes the negative effects of Chinese...

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May 03, 2016

High-Profile Conference in Berlin Raises Awareness...

The first day started with inspiring opening remarks of some personalities such as Ms Rebiya Kadeer, leader of Uyghurs and considered a mother of the movement, who called for a stronger advocacy work of...

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May 02, 2016

East Turkestan: Ilham Tohti Nominated for Human...

  Below is an article published by The New York Times:  A prominent Uighur scholar who is serving a life sentence for separatism in a Chinese prison was named on Wednesday [27 April 2016] as...

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Apr 29, 2016

East Turkestan: After Dolkun Isa, India Rejects...

  Below is an article by Zee News, After cancelling the visa of Uyghur activist Dolkun Isa, India has barred another exiled Chinese dissident from boarding a flight to attend a meeting in Dharamsala....

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Apr 26, 2016

East Turkestan: India Revokes Visa for WUC Le...

  Below is an article published by The New York Times: BEIJING — A prominent democracy activist said on Monday that he had been blocked from traveling to India to meet the Dalai...

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Apr 26, 2016

Inauguration of First International Conference...

  The day started with the charismatic words of Ms Rebiya Kadeer, leader of the World Uyghur Congress, winner of the Rafto price as well as Noble Prize nominee. Ms Kadeer explained how difficult...

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Apr 25, 2016

UNPO Announces Berlin Conference on Uyghur Re...

In recent years, an increasing number of Uyghurs have been forced to flee East Turkestan as a result of the ongoing repression of the community by the Chinese state. Following an outbreak of violence in...

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Apr 22, 2016

Dolkun Isa Granted Visa to Join Pro-Democracy...

  Below is an article published by the Indian Defence News:  New Delhi not only gave its go-ahead to the organisers to hold the conference in India, but also granted visas to Chinese dissidents,...

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Apr 22, 2016

East Turkestan: WUC Leader Invited to Democracy...

  Photo courtesy of Atimes. Below is an article by Deccan Herald: New Delhi not only gave its go-ahead to the organisers to hold the conference in India, but also granted visas to Chinese dissidents,...

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Apr 20, 2016

UNPO Recognises Dr Jianli Yang’s Efforts for...

For the past quarter of a century, Mr Yang has seen as his mission to facilitate a peaceful transition of the PRC to the respect of human rights, genuine rule of law, and democratic governance for all....

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Apr 15, 2016

Tibet/East Turkestan: State Department Report...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: China’s already poor human rights record worsened with a sweeping crackdown on lawyers, activists and bloggers in 2015, a year that saw...

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Apr 08, 2016

East Turkestan: Mother Prosecuted for Revealing...

  Below is an article by Human Rights Watch, Question: Where is it a crime for a mother to talk about her search for her missing son? Answer: In China. Today in Urumqi, capital of the region...

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Apr 01, 2016

East Turkestan: China Protests Over Human Rights...

Below an article published by Trust.org China expressed anger on Friday about an exiled leader from the violence-prone far western Chinese region of Xinjiang receiving a rights award in the United...

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Mar 25, 2016

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Detained in Continued...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: More than 40 Uyghurs were detained last week because they failed to show up for a prominent Communist Party member’s funeral in northwestern...

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Mar 18, 2016

East Turkestan: Uyghur Farmers Sentenced for ‘Illegally’...

  Below is an article by Radio Free Asia, An imam and eight farmers from a village in Aksu (in Chinese, Akesu) prefecture are serving prison sentences from seven to nine years for practicing their...

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Feb 22, 2016

East Turkestan: Petition to Free Political Pr...

  Below is an article taken from The Huffington Post: Uyghurs across the world, except in China, joined in protest on February 5, 2016, to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the Ghulja massacre....

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Feb 19, 2016

East Turkestan: Relatives Finally Allowed to Visit...

Photo courtesy of: Pen American Center    Below is an article published by: Radio Free Asia   Authorities in northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang region have given the go-ahead...

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Feb 16, 2016

(Old) False Accusations to Discredit WUC Executive...

On the occasion of his regular press conference on 16 February 2016, answering a question, the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Mr Hong Lei has claimed that Mr Dolkun Isa, Executive Chairman...

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Feb 15, 2016

East Turkestan: China Pressures Taiwan into Preventing...

  Below is a statement published by the World Uyghur Congress:   The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is disappointed to learn that Dolkun Isa, executive Chairman of the (WUC) will not be able...

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Feb 03, 2016

East Turkestan: Alleged Fight Against ‘Extremism’...

  Below is a press release published by Daily Sabah: Uighur Muslims, a Chinese religious minority, are voicing their concerns about what they describe as pervasive religious and cultural repression...

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Jan 27, 2016

East Turkestan: Is Beijing Hacking Its Minorities?...

  Below is an article by International Business Times   Cybersecurity researchers have unveiled new evidence on a possible Chinese government hacking operation that has monitored Tibetan and...

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Jan 22, 2016

East Turkestan: Uyghur Inmate Abused for not Speaking...

Below is an article by RFA Prison authorities in a southern prefecture of China’s far-western Xinjiang region physically abused a Uyghur petitioner while he was serving a three-year jail term for...

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Jan 08, 2016

East Turkestan: Beijing Tightens Security Mea...

Tight security restrictions in ethnic Uyghur areas of northwestern China’s restive Xinjiang region are being extended into the new year, with police carrying out daily patrols in villages and checking...

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Jan 04, 2016

East Turkestan: French Journalist Expelled after...

  Below is an article by Voice of America:    A French reporter has left China after being denied media credentials over an article she wrote criticizing Beijing's policies in the violence-hit...

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Dec 16, 2015

East Turkestan: Urbanization in Xinjiang Threatens...

  Below is an article from The Diplomat Hardly a year ago the city of Horgos didn’t exist. It was little other than a rural expanse of small towns, villages, and lavender fields on the farthest...

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Dec 07, 2015

East Turkestan: China’s Persecution Extended...

Below is an article published by The Washington Post:   China has mounted an extraordinary set of attacks against Communist Party members in the troubled western regions of Xinjiang and Tibet, with...

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Nov 26, 2015

East Turkestan: Calls for Independent Investigation...

Independent observers and monitors should be allowed to investigate the latest raid by Chinese authorities in the Xinjiang region, which reportedly left 28 people dead, Human Rights Watch said today. Clarifying...

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Nov 20, 2015

East Turkestan: UN Committee Against Torture Questions...

  The article below was published by China Digital Times:   On Tuesday, November 17, senior Chinese officials faced questions from a U.N. Committee Against Torture panel on the continued use...

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Nov 16, 2015

East Turkestan: Uyghur Repression Continues in...

Chinese state media on Saturday showed rare pictures of its armed forces on what it said was a mission to root out militants in the far western region of Xinjiang. China's government has repeatedly blamed...

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Nov 03, 2015

East Turkestan: World Uyghur Congress and Uyghur...

  Below is a press release from World Uyghur Congress and Uyghur Human Rights Project   The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) have jointly submitted an alternative...

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Nov 02, 2015

East Turkestan: Former Editor Prosecuted for “Improperly...

  Below is an article published by NDTV: BEIJING, CHINA: China will prosecute the former editor-in-chief of the official Communist Party publication in the violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang...

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Oct 30, 2015

East Turkestan: Rebiya Kadeer Awarded 2015 Lantos...

Below is a press release published by The Lantos Foundation: The Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice announced today [27 October 2015] that it will award the 2015 Lantos Human Rights Prize...

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Oct 29, 2015

East Turkestan: Ilham Tohti Calls on Family to...

  The below article was published by China Change:   Ilham Tohti, the Uighur scholar and public intellectual currently serving a life sentence in prison, has called on his family to engage...

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Oct 22, 2015

In Defense of Religious Freedom: The Uyghur Struggle...

The conference will bring together policy makers, academic experts, human rights activists and community representatives to discuss the upsurge in anti-minority policies and human rights abuses, particularly...

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Oct 08, 2015

East Turkestan: China Tries to Silence Activists...

Below is an article published by Reuters: In a café lounge at the United Nations complex in Geneva, a Tibetan fugitive was waiting his turn earlier this year to tell diplomats his story of being...

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Oct 02, 2015

East Turkestan: China Whitewashes Uyghur Reality...

Below is an article published by the World Uyghur Congress:   The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will celebrate the anniversaries with great fanfare and proclaim once again that “Xinjiang”...

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Sep 28, 2015

East Turkestan: China Bans Muslim Names

Chinese authorities have issued a ban on 22 Muslim names in Hoten prefecture in northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in an apparent bid to discourage extremism among the...

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Sep 21, 2015

East Turkestan: US Congressman Expresses Harsh...

  Below is an article published by the Epoch Time:    As Washington prepares to roll out the red carpet next week for Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping’s first state visit...

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Sep 14, 2015

East Turkestan: Chinese Embassy in Pakistan Ignores...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:  China’s Embassy in Pakistan has failed to assist a Chinese national of Uyghur ethnicity who says she is being held against her will...

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Sep 08, 2015

East Turkestan: China Sentences 45 People Over...

  Below is an article published by: Almanar News   China has jailed 45 people in East Turkestan region for "illegal border crossing", state media said Thursday, as a group representing the...

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Aug 31, 2015

East Turkestan: 45 Uyghurs Arrested over Illegal...

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) expresses its deep concern for the 45 Uyghurs who were recently charged in East Turkestan for illegal border crossings. Trials like these are often conducted in secret without...

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Aug 26, 2015

East Turkestan: Activists Pressure to Obtain Information...

Below is a statement published by The Uyghur American Association (UAA) The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) calls on China to release information on imprisoned Uyghur journalist Mehbube Ablesh and...

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Aug 24, 2015

East Turkestan: Oppression Abroad through 'Operation...

Below is an article by Washington Post   The Chinese government has sent covert law enforcement agents to the United States to intimidate expatriates into returning to China, the New York Times recently reported....

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Aug 12, 2015

East Turkestan: Incidence of HIV/AIDS on the ...

  HIV/AIDS has been on the increase among young Uyghur men in the southern part of northwest China’s Xinjiang region [East Turkestan] due to an influx of infected prostitutes who have been...

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Aug 05, 2015

East Turkestan: An Uyghur’s Journey to Exile...

Below is a story published by RFA Ershiddin could not believe his eyes when he finally held the Chinese passport he received early last January in his hands. The 29-year-old Uyghur, who had been a...

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Aug 03, 2015

East Turkestan: Beijing Infuriated by Suspicious...

Below is article published by Reuters The folded piece of paper with a photo of a 4-month-old baby tells a story that likely loomed over Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Chinese hosts during...

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Jul 31, 2015

East Turkestan: China Falsely Labels Uyghurs ‘Terrorists’...

Thailand’s recent deportation to China of more than 100 Uyghurs – the majority ethnic group in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region – drew a rebuke from the United Nations....

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Jul 30, 2015

East Turkestan: Turkish President Visits Chin...

  Bilateral trade was the focus of discussion Wednesday during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's first visit to China as president, but both countries’ leaders also touched on more sensitive...

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Jul 29, 2015

East Turkestan: Commemoratory Message Marks the...

Below is an article published by The World Uyghur Congress: On this first anniversary of the Yarkand massacre, the World Uyghur Congress remembers all those who were killed on July 28th, 2014 and...

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Jul 27, 2015

East Turkestan: China’s New National Security...

  Cyberspace is the notional environment in which communication over computer networks occurs. China passed a wide-ranging new national security law expanding its legal reach over the Internet and...

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Jul 16, 2015

East Turkestan: Demonstration against Oppression...

  Below is an article published by World Bulletin:   A group of Turkish citizens broke their Ramadan fast in front of China's embassy in the Hague late Tuesday {14 July}, protesting what they...

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Jul 15, 2015

East Turkestan: China’s Two-Tiered Passport...

Human Rights Watch has released a report alleging that China has developed a two-tiered passport system designed to prevent the nation’s Tibetans and ethnic Uyghur population from leaving the country....

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Jul 13, 2015

East Turkestan: Bangkok Sends 100 Uyghurs Back...

Below is an article published by The Diplomat:   On Thursday, Thailand confirmed that it had deported more than 100 Uyghurs to China. While such deportations are fairly usual, the sheer number...

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Jul 09, 2015

East Turkestan: Forced Repatriation of Uyghurs...

  Below is an article by Radio Free Asia Thailand said on Thursday [9 July 2015] it had forcibly repatriated nearly 100 Uyghurs to China, a move that drew criticism from human rights groups and...

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Jul 07, 2015

East Turkestan: Chinese Authorities Deny Ill-Treatment...

Below is an article published by the World Uyghur Congress     Hundreds of people have marched in Istanbul to protest against China’s persecution of its minority Muslim Uygur community. The...

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Jun 30, 2015

East Turkestan: WUC Publishes Open Letter Denouncing...

Below is an open letter published by the World Uyghur Congress:    Dear President Juncker & Tusk, The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) writes in light of the upcoming China-EU summit taking...

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Jun 29, 2015

East Turkestan: Turkish Intellectuals Take a...

  Below is an article by Todays Zaman After 28 people were killed in East Turkestan during the holy month of Ramadan, actors, academics and politicians in Turkey have raised...

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Jun 26, 2015

East Turkestan: Chinese Authorities’ Surveillance...

  Below is an article published by BigNewsNetwork:   While increasing their vigilance around the clock, security personnel may no longer watch television or play table tennis while on duty,...

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Jun 22, 2015

East Turkestan: Controversial Beer Festival in...

  A county in the heavily Muslim southern part of China's unruly region of Xinjiang has held a beer festival in the run-up to the holy month of Ramadan, the government said, in what an...

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Jun 18, 2015

East Turkestan: Call for the Free Expression of...

  Below is an article published by WUC:   As Muslims around the world begin to observe the holy month of Ramadan beginning on June 18th [2015], the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) calls on China...

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Jun 17, 2015

East Turkestan: A Nine-Year-Old’s Desperate...

  Below is an article by Radio Free Asia A nine-year-old Muslim Uyghur girl living in Turkey has called for help from the international community to be reunited with five family members detained...

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Jun 16, 2015

East Turkestan: Ahead of Ramadan, China Bans Fast...

Below is an article published by: World Bulletin Some local governments in China's unruly far western region of Xinjiang are stepping up controls on the Islamic faith followed by the Uighur...

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Jun 11, 2015

East Turkestan: The Son of Exiled Uyghur Leader...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Authorities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region have released the son of exiled Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer from prison after serving...

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Jun 03, 2015

East Turkestan: Uyghur American Association Commemorates...

  Below is a statement by the Uyghur American Association:   On the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, the Uyghur American Association (UAA) wishes to express...

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Jun 02, 2015

East Turkestan: Discriminatory Targeting of Uyghurs...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: The leader of the World Uyghur Congress has denounced news last week that Chinese police had caught or thwarted 181 different terrorist gangs in the country’s...

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May 29, 2015

East Turkestan: Risky Journey toward Turkey for...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   Uyghurs from all parts of northwestern China are relying on networks of Chinese smugglers to take them across the border into neighboring Southeast...

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May 27, 2015

East Turkestan: 181 Uyghurs Apprehended

  Below is an article by World Bulletin   With repressive policies being applied to Uighur's in Eastern Turkestan, 181 Uighur's have been detained by Chinese police for being part of an organised...

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May 22, 2015

East Turkestan: Ilham Tohti Denied Family Visits...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Authorities in northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang region have denied the relatives of jailed Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti permission...

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May 13, 2015

East Turkestan: Coerced Submission of Passports...

  Below is an article published by The Guardian: A district of 5 million people in China’s restive far west has demanded that residents hand in their passports to the police for indefinite...

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May 06, 2015

East Turkestan: Shop Owners Forced to Sell Alcohol...

  Authorities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region have ordered shop owners and restaurateurs in a mainly Muslim Uyghur village to sell alcohol and cigarettes or face closure of their establishments,...

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Apr 28, 2015

East Turkestan: Orwellian Atmosphere in Uyghur...

  Below is an article published by UCA News: Something hideously violent happened in Elishku. Whether it was a separatist attack or a civilian massacre is shrouded in the mists of conflict, control,...

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Apr 24, 2015

East Turkestan: Chinese Authorities Confiscate...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   Some Chinese Communist Party secretaries who oversee townships in China’s restive western Xinjiang region have confiscated greenhouses from...

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Apr 20, 2015

East Turkestan: Two Ethnic Uyghurs Shot Dead by...

Below is an article by Reuters Chinese police have shot dead two suspected "terrorists" on the border with Vietnam, part of a group of people trying to sneak out of the country, state media said on Friday...

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Apr 17, 2015

East Turkestan: Chinese Authorities Sentence Uyghur...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia A court in northwestern China’s restive Xinjiang region has sentenced a prominent ethnic Uyghur Muslim religious scholar to nine years...

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Apr 16, 2015

East Turkestan: Pressure Stops Uyghur-Phobic Hospital...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Uyghur groups and netizens have denounced an internal notice issued by a hospital in Nanning warning staff about a possible terrorist attack by...

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Apr 08, 2015

East Turkestan: Three Killed and Two Arrested...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   Authorities in northwest China’s restive Xinjiang region have killed three people and jailed two others from an ethnic Uyghur family during...

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Mar 31, 2015

East Turkestan: Man Condemned to 6 Years in Prison...

  Below is an article published by the Hindustan Times:   A Munich-based rights group has termed “ridiculous” the six-year prison term given to man in northwest China’s restive...

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Mar 26, 2015

East Turkestan: WUC Condemns Recent Executions...

  Below is an article published by The World Uyghur Congress:      The World Uyghur Congress condemns the recent execution of three Uyghurs from East Turkestan who were allegedly...

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Mar 24, 2015

East Turkestan: Three Executed over Kunming Station...

  Below is an article published by BBC Three men convicted of involvement in the Kunming knife attack have been executed, a court in China says. Iskandar Ehet, Turgun Tohtunyaz and Hasayn Muhammad...

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Mar 23, 2015

East Turkestan: Rebiya Kadeer Celebrates Ten Years...

  Below is an article published by Uyghur Human Rights Project: The Uyghur American Association (UAA) honors the human rights work of Uyghur democracy leader Ms. Rebiya Kadeer on the tenth anniversary...

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Mar 17, 2015

East Turkestan: Persecution of Activists and Minorities...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   China’s persecution of human rights activists was “unusually severe” in 2014, according to a report released Monday by an overseas-based...

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Mar 13, 2015

East Turkestan: Concern for Human Rights Situation...

  Below is an article published by International Business Times: China’s terrorism and separatism cases are on the rise, according to the country’s Supreme People’s Court. As the...

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Mar 04, 2015

East Turkestan: Security Conditions Deteriorating...

Below is an article published by the Uyghur Human Rights Project:    According to data assembled by the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) from research into Chinese and overseas media, a range...

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Mar 03, 2015

East Turkestan: Uyghur Migrants Held in Thailand...

  Below is an article published by Reuters A Thai court will decide this month whether to release 17 Uighurs from the western Chinese region of Xinjiang, including 13 children, who have been detained...

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Feb 25, 2015

East Turkestan: World Uyghur Congress Publishes...

  Below is an article published by World Uyghur Congress:   The World Uyghur Congress has published its annual report on human rights violations in East Turkestan (Xinjiang), China, and it...

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Feb 19, 2015

East Turkestan: China Exerts Pressure on Neighbours...

Below is an article published by Al Jazeera:  Isreal Ahmet, an ethnic Uighur who immigrated to Afghanistan from western China, lived and worked in Kabul for more than a decade before being detained...

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Feb 11, 2015

East Turkestan: China Cracking Down on Religious...

Below is an article published by OnIslam:   In another crackdown on religious freedoms, China has forced the imams of eastern Muslim majority district of Xinjiang to dance in the street, and swear...

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Feb 05, 2015

East Turkestan: Population Struggles to Access...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   A water conservation project in a remote prefecture of China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) begun two decades ago has...

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Feb 04, 2015

East Turkestan and Tibet: Political Persecution...

Below is an article published in The Tibet Post:   "China remains an authoritarian state, one that systematically curbs fundamental rights, including freedom of expression, association, assembly,...

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Feb 03, 2015

East Turkestan: Residents Call for the Release...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   Residents of a county in northwest China’s restive Xinjiang region have petitioned local authorities for the release of an elderly...

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Jan 23, 2015

East Turkestan: 140 Refugees Go on Hunger Strike...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   More than 100 Uyghur refugees held in a southern Thailand prison who are awaiting their fate after entering the country illegally from...

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Jan 19, 2015

East Turkestan: Two Shot Dead by Chinese Police...

Below is an article published by Reuters: Chinese police shot dead two ethnic Uighurs trying to cross the border with Vietnam, state media said on Monday [19 January 2015], as the public security ministry...

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Jan 15, 2015

East Turkestan: Police Kill Six People Allegedly...

  Below is an article published by World Bulletin:   Chinese police have killed six Uighurs what they described as "mobsters" in the troubled Xinjiang (East Turkestan), state news agency Xinhua...

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Jan 13, 2015

East Turkestan: Burqas Banned in Regional Capital...

Below is an article published by DNA: China on Saturday [10 January 2015] banned burqas in public places in the capital of its Muslim-majority Xinjiang region which is often hit by separatist violence,...

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Jan 12, 2015

East Turkestan: US State Department Criticizes...

  Below is an article published by World Bulletin: Read more The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has said Chinese authorities have detained two brothers of a Uighur reporter living...

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Jan 09, 2015

East Turkestan: Deplorable Conditions Leave Refugees...

Below is an article published by Big News Network:   Abdurahman Ozturk said his assessment was based on interviews with unidentified refugees at the centers as part of a documentary he is making...

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Jan 07, 2015

East Turkestan: Group Detained Consists of Only...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   Nearly all the members of a group of people detained by authorities in southwestern China near the border with Vietnam on 21 December...

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Dec 18, 2014

East Turkestan: Families of Uyghurs on Police...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   Ethnic minority Uyghurs in a township in China's troubled Xinjiang region risk losing their farmland and entire personal belongings if...

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Dec 16, 2014

East Turkestan: Chinese Authorities Exploit Anti-IS...

Chinese officials are thought to be mulling military action against ISIL — an extremist group Beijing says includes a growing number of adherents from its predominantly Muslim Uighur minority. Reports...

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Dec 11, 2014

East Turkestan: Islamic Veil Banned by Chinese...

Photo courtesy of Tom Thai@flickr Below is an article published by World Bulletin: The restriction comes as China is stepping up curbs on religious clothing and education for Muslim Uighurs in the region. The...

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Dec 09, 2014

East Turkestan: Seven Students of Ilham Tohti...

Below is an article published by BBC News; Seven students of imprisoned Uighur academic Ilham Tohti have been convicted of separatism and jailed, a lawyer for Tohti says. The students, who went on trial...

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Dec 03, 2014

Rebiya Kadeer Speaks: How the Hong Kong Protests...

The winner of the 2000 Human Rights Defenders Award and the 2004 Rafto Award will engage in a debate on the peaceful and democratic struggle of the Uyghur people, drawing upon the similarities, differences...

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Dec 02, 2014

East Turkestan: 15 Killed and 14 Injured as Activists...

  Below is an article published by The Korea Herald:   An attack in China’s troubled western Xinjiang [East Turkestan] region left 15 people dead and 14 injured, state media reported...

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Nov 28, 2014

East Turkestan: WUC Condemns Beijing’s Religious...

  Below is an article published by Big News Network:   Authorities in northwestern China's restive Xinjiang region have sentenced to prison nearly two dozen Uyghurs for illegal religious activities...

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Nov 26, 2014

East Turkestan: Seven Former Students of Ilham...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:  Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang [East Turkestan] put on trial seven former students of jailed Uyghur...

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Nov 24, 2014

East Turkestan: Sentence of Ilham Tohti Upheld...

Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang [East Turkestan] on Friday [21 November 2014] rejected an appeal by jailed Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti against his life sentence for "separatism." The...

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Nov 19, 2014

East Turkestan: Former Students of Ilham Tohti...

Photo courtesy of PEN American Center@flickr Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia; Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang are getting ready to put on trial a...

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Nov 18, 2014

East Turkestan: 20 Uyghurs Recaptured After Fleeing...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia; Poor conditions at a government social shelter in southern Thailand have forced more than 100 Uyghurs to escape after nearly eight months of detention...

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Nov 14, 2014

East Turkestan: Forced Urban Migrants Left with...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia Thousands of Uyghur oil workers taken from outlying districts into Xinjiang’s [East Turkestan] Karamay city to enlarge the area’s urban population...

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Nov 12, 2014

East Turkestan: Scores of Uyghurs Imprisoned for...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   Authorities in northwestern China’s restive Xinjiang region have sentenced to prison nearly two dozen Uyghurs for illegal religious activities...

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Nov 11, 2014

In Defence of Religious Freedom: The Uyghur Struggle...

In light of the increasingly alarming political and social situation in the north-western region of East Turkestan (‘Xinjiang’), the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) and...

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Nov 06, 2014

East Turkestan: Farmer Sentenced for ‘Illegal...

  Below is an article by Radio Free Asia: An ethnic minority Muslim Uyghur farmer serving a 10-year sentence for “illegal religious activities” has died in jail in western China’s...

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Oct 31, 2014

East Turkestan: Rebiya Kadeer Warns Beijing About...

  Below is an article published by TheInterpreter: The people of Hong Kong, together with the peoples of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Republic and Tibet, are fighting for their independence, Rebiya...

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Oct 29, 2014

East Turkestan: Chinese State Seizes Assets of...

Nearly U.S.$140,000 in savings have been drained from the bank account of jailed Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti, as the ruling Chinese Communist Party enforces its seizure of his assets, sparking fears that...

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Oct 29, 2014

UNPO Alternative Report for CEDAW Documents Systematic...

The Alternative Report aims to evaluate compliance with and implementation of the provisions of the Convention by the Chinese Government with regard to particular cases of the Tibetan and Uyghur communities,...

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Oct 21, 2014

East Turkestan: Top European Parliamentarian Calls...

Below is an article published by The Parliament Magazine: Located in east Turkestan, the Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region of China has a population of 8.68 million. Uighurs take up one sixth of China's...

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Oct 14, 2014

East Turkestan: Chinese Court Issues Another 12...

  Below is an article published by Reuters: A court in the unruly far western Chinese region of Xinjiang sentenced 12 people to death and handed out dozens of other heavy sentences on Monday for...

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Oct 08, 2014

East Turkestan: Malaysian Plan to Deport Uyghurs...

  Below is the press release published by Radio Free Asia:   Human rights groups have asked Malaysia not to deport more than 150 of China’s ethnic minority Uyghurs back home, fearing...

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Oct 06, 2014

East Turkestan: International PEN Congress Condemns...

The annual congress of the International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists and Novelists)—a global group of writers including Nobel laureates—has condemned Beijing for human rights abuses...

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Oct 01, 2014

East Turkestan: UN Security Council Resolution...

Below is an article published by The Cable Foreign Policy: China is not signing up for the U.S.-led fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State. But the Middle Kingdom has found a lot to cheer for...

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Sep 30, 2014

East Turkestan: China Opposes Broadcasting of...

Below is an article published by Mail Online The Chinese government has threatened a diplomatic row with Australia if the ABC goes ahead on Tuesday [30 September 2014] with broadcasting a programme about...

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Sep 22, 2014

East Turkestan: Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti Pleads...

A scholar from China's Uyghur minority who often criticized the country's ethnic policies has pleaded not guilty at his trial on separatism charges. Ilham Tohti, a former economics professor in Beijing,...

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Aug 29, 2014

East Turkestan: Uyghur Executions Condemned

The story was first reported on August 23, 2014, by Chinese state media, labelling those convicted as "terrorists", whose crimes remain unclear with no substantive proof that they had any connection with...

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Aug 25, 2014

East Turkestan: China Executes Eight Uyghurs

The following article is taken from WorldBulletin. Xinjiang is the traditional home of Muslim Uighurs who speak a Turkic language, and China has attributed attacks there to "separatists" it says seek...

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Aug 13, 2014

East Turkestan: China Jails 25 More Amidst Increased...

Below is an article published by The World Bulletin: A court in China's unruly far western region of Xinjiang (East Turkestan) has sentenced 25 more people to jail terms ranging from three years to life...

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Aug 06, 2014

East Turkestan: New Bus Ban Discriminates Against...

Below is an article published by Uiyghur Human Rights Project: “The concern is officials feel they can flaunt the laws of China in order to implement Xi Jinping’s one year anti-terror campaign...

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Jul 30, 2014

East Turkestan: UAA Seeks To Investigate Violence...

Below is an article published by Uyghur Human Rights Project: The Uyghur American Association unequivocally condemns the use of excessive state violence used against Uyghurs on Monday, July 28, 2014...

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Jul 18, 2014

East Turkestan: Chinese Uighurs Defy Ramadan ...

The article below is taken from Al Jazeera Chinese authorities have justified the ban on fasting by saying it is meant to protect the health of students, and restrictions on religious practices by government...

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Jul 15, 2014

East Turkestan: Muslim Students Forced To Break...

Below is an article published by International Business Times: The Chinese government's Ramadan ban has taken an ugly turn after Muslim students complained of being force-fed to ensure that they break...

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Jul 08, 2014

East Turkestan: MEP Condemns Ramadan Ban In C...

Below is an article published by Daily Sabah: BRUSSELS – British Conservative European Parliament member Sajjad Karim has voiced concern over Chinese government's decision to ban government...

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Jun 30, 2014

East Turkestan: Ilham Tohti’s Gross Conditions...

Below is an article from Radio Free Asia: The wife of detained ethnic minority Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti said she is concerned over his health after it was revealed that he had gone on a hunger strike...

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Jun 24, 2014

East Turkestan: Ilham Tohti’s Case Heading For...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have transferred the case against jailed ethnic minority Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti...

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Jun 17, 2014

East-Turkestan: China’s Detention of Uyghur...

Below is an article published by World Bulletin: Tohti's lawyer said on Tuesday [17 June 2014] that sources have told him that the Minzu University economics professor, who was detained in January and...

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Jun 03, 2014

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Define Violations as Cultural...

Below is an article published by Aljazeera: When people in the Muslim East and democratic West thought of China, they tended to think of it as a unified, strong, homogeneous and peaceful nation of Chinese...

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May 19, 2014

East Turkestan: Two Uyghurs Gunned Down By A...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Chinese authorities shot dead two ethnic minority Uyghurs and captured another after accusing them of bombing a police station in fresh violence in China’s...

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May 12, 2014

East Turkestan: More Than 100 Relatives Of Alleged...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Chinese authorities have detained more than 100 relatives of a Uyghur accused of staging a deadly bomb and knife attack in the Xinjiang capital, most...

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May 09, 2014

East Turkestan: Police Shoot One Uyghur, Detain...

Below is an article by Radio Free Asia: Chinese authorities in the troubled north-western region of Xinjiang on Thursday [8 May 2014] shot dead one man after an attack on a police patrol left an officer...

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May 07, 2014

UNPO Members Deliver Statements at CESCR on China...

On the occasion of the 52nd session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), representatives of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and of the World Uyghur...

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May 07, 2014

East Turkestan: Grassroots Database Established...

Below is an article published by the Epoch Times: A Chinese human rights advocacy group has established a database of political prisoners in Mainland China.  China Political Prisoner Concern (CPPC),...

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May 02, 2014

East Turkestan: Security Crackdown And Increased...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia Chinese authorities on Thursday [1 May 2014] blamed "religious extremists" for a deadly knife and bomb attack in Xinjiang’s capital as analysts and...

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Apr 28, 2014

East Turkestan: Religious Leader Continues Hunger...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: An Uyghur religious leader jailed in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region has entered the third month of a hunger strike after he was slapped with...

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Apr 24, 2014

East Turkestan: Religious Oppression Of Muslim...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia Chinese authorities in the restive north-western region of Xinjiang [East Turkestan] have dismissed the imam of a local mosque, and are investigating two...

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Apr 14, 2014

East Turkestan: Thirty-Five Uyghurs Escaping Persecution...

Below is an article published by World Bulletin: 35 Uighur Turks who have been kept waiting in transit at Istanbul Ataturk airport since fleeing to Turkey from China on March 25 [2014] have finally been...

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Apr 10, 2014

East Turkestan: Daughter Of Detained Academic...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia The daughter of detained Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti told U.S. lawmakers Tuesday [8 April 2014] that Beijing has alienated itself from the minority group...

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Mar 31, 2014

East Turkestan: Farmers Detained After Posting...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Three Uyghur farmers campaigning for compensation for land confiscated in their village in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region were detained and...

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Mar 27, 2014

UNPO Joins Tibetans and Uyghurs Demonstrating...

On March 24, 2014, the Chinese President Xi Jinping met the spiritual leader of the Tibetan peoples, the Dalai Lama. Unfortunately, the meeting only happened on a piece of paper on which a Tibetan artist...

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Mar 26, 2014

Tibet: Chinese Man Banned From UN Human Rights...

Below is an article published by Sinosphere: The United Nations has barred a Chinese man from attending a Human Rights Council session in Geneva after he photographed at close range a woman...

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Mar 21, 2014

East Turkestan: Uyghur Leader Speaks Out About...

Below is an article published by : radio free Asia A Uyghur Muslim leader and delegate to China’s top political consultative body has voiced rare public criticism of religious restrictions and employment...

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Mar 17, 2014

East Turkestan: Thailand Asked Not To Deport Uyghurs...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Thailand came under pressure Friday [14 March 2014] not to deport more than 200 Uyghurs back to China after they were detained near the Thai border with...

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Mar 14, 2014

East Turkestan: Increased Deportation Of Uyghurs...

Below is an article published by the Radio Free Asia. Authorities in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan are deporting large numbers of ethnic minority Uyghurs back to the troubled region of Xinjiang...

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Mar 05, 2014

East Turkestan: Kadeer Urges Chinese Government...

Below is an article by Reuters: A prominent exiled Uyghur leader has urged China's government to respond calmly to a knife attack in the country's southwest and not "demonize" ethnic Uyghurs after Beijing...

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Mar 03, 2014

East Turkestan: Police Use Teargas Against Uyghur...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of ethnic minority Uyghurs angry at a crackdown on motorcyclists at a marketplace in China’s restive...

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Feb 26, 2014

East Turkestan: Tensions Over Arbitrary Detention...

Below is an article published by World Uyghur Congress: Chinese authorities have formally arrested a prominent scholar of China’s Uighur Muslim ethnic group and charged him with separatism, his...

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Feb 17, 2014

East Turkestan: Beijing Continues Oppression Against...

Below is an article published by The Asahi Shimbun: With the Xi administration citing threats of terrorism and extremism to put the squeeze on ethnic Uighurs, tensions are rising sharply in the Xinjiang...

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Feb 13, 2014

East Turkestan: Alleged ‘Crimes Against State...

Below is an article published by the Radio Free Asia. Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang [East Turkestan] have ramped up prosecutions against mostly ethnic minority Uyghurs over...

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Feb 07, 2014

East Turkestan: Arrest of Ilham Tohti Is Part...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: In 2009, the events of July 5 [in Urumqi] shocked the world, pushing two figures into the public eye: Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti and Wang [Lequan],...

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Feb 03, 2014

East Turkestan: Inquires Into the Case Of The...

Below is a press release published by Radio Free Asia: Abduweli Ayup, a 39-year-old active promoter of the Uyghur language, was arrested in Kashgar city along with two of his business partners in...

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Jan 28, 2014

East Turkestan: 11 Uyghurs Killed In Kyrgyzst...

Below is an article from Radio Free Asia: A group of 11 ethnic Uyghur men from China’s western Xinjiang region have been shot dead after crossing into neighboring Kyrgyzstan, officials in the Central...

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Jan 23, 2014

East Turkestan: Call For Release Of Detained Uyghur...

Below is an article by Voice of America: Chinese activists have started a petition calling for the immediate release of detained scholar Ilham Tohti, a prominent critic of Beijing's harsh treatment...

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Jan 20, 2014

East Turkestan: Villagers Forcibly Relocated

Below is an article by Radio Free Asia: Chinese authorities have forcibly relocated more than half of the ethnic minority Uyghurs—mostly farmers and herders—from three mountain townships in...

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Jan 17, 2014

East Turkestan: Outspoken Uyghur Scholar Tohti...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) slammed the Chinese authorities Thursday [16 December 2014] over the arbitrary detention of outspoken ethnic minority...

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Jan 14, 2014

East Turkestan: Sit-in In Support of WUC

Below is an article published by the Taipei Times: The Taiwan Friends of Uighurs (TFU) has joined the cause voiced by the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) in calling for an end to the Chinese government maltreatment...

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Jan 13, 2014

East Turkestan: Authorities Launch New Wave of...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:  Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have launched a New Year "strike hard" campaign targeting cell phones, computers,...

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Dec 17, 2013

East Turkestan: Extra-judicial Practices Undermine...

Below is an article published by Aljazeera: China's announcement that it would abolish its infamous practice of "re-education through labour" last month raised hopes for a major step forward for human...

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Dec 16, 2013

East Turkestan: Sixteen People Die in Clashes...

Below is an article published by CNN: Sixteen people have been killed in violence in China's volatile western region of Xinjiang, state media reported Monday. Two police officers chasing suspects came...

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Dec 13, 2013

Tibet/East Turkestan: Chinese Assimilationist...

Below is an article published by The Japan Times: Nationalism arouses solidarity and generates identity politics that threaten ethnic and religious minorities. Defining the “we” also defines...

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Dec 04, 2013

East Turkestan: China’s Crackdown On The Uyghurs...

Below is an article published by the World Bulletin: The recent Tiananmen incident [29 October 2013] that led to the death of five people once again revived the debate on the Xinjiang/Uyghur question....

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Nov 29, 2013

UNPO Members Attend Sixth Session Of The Forum...

More than 20 representatives of nine Members (Uyghurs, Sindh, Khmer Krom, Ahwazi, Assyria, Chin, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Tibet and Ogaden) attended the sixth Session of the Forum on Minority Issues held...

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Nov 28, 2013

East Turkestan: Another Obstacle For Uyghurs In...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: A top ethnic minority Uyghur scholar and activist has hit out at moves to ban college students in China's troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang from...

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Nov 26, 2013

East Turkestan: Controversial Beauty Project

Below is a press release published by The Malaysian Insider: A Chinese government worker in the ancient Silk Road oasis of Kashgar beckons two women to her street side stand and logs their details under...

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Nov 22, 2013

East Turkestan: Uyghur Student Detained And Banned...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Chinese authorities are preventing an ethnic Uyghur student who worked as a volunteer for an outspoken Uyghur online group from resuming his studies in...

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Nov 20, 2013

East Turkestan: Lawyers’ Families Prevented...

Below is an article published by Reuters: China's far-flung western region of Xinjiang is demanding that lawyers guarantee family members don't wear burqas or grow long beards, the latest government move...

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Nov 18, 2013

Tibet: HRW Urges China to End Re-education Through...

Below is an article published by Human Rights Watch: The Chinese government should follow news that it will abolish the abusive Re-education Through Labor  system by announcing...

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Nov 11, 2013

East Turkestan: A Look At The Uyghur Minority

Below is an article by the Christian Science Monitor: On Oct. 28, an SUV plowed through crowds in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, crashed, and burst into flames. Two bystanders were killed, 40-plus injured....

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Nov 07, 2013

East Turkestan: Chinese Authorities Tighten The...

Below is an article by Council on Foreign Relations: In the aftermath of an apparent suicide attack in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on October 27 that injured dozens of people and killed five (including...

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Nov 05, 2013

East Turkestan: Tiananmen Crash Sparks Repris...

Below is an article by Radio Free Asia: Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have detained more than 50 ethnic minority Muslims in the wake of a fatal car crash in Beijing's...

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Nov 04, 2013

East Turkestan: Plans To Relocate Cemetery Spark...

Below is an article by Radio Free Asia: Plans to relocate a 200-year-old Muslim cemetery in a city in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region have sparked mass protests among ethnic Uyghurs angry...

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Oct 30, 2013

East Turkestan: World Uyghur Congress Urges Calm...

Below is a press release published on World Uyghur Congress:   Press Release – For immediate release 29 October 2013 The World Uyghur Congress is concerned over a lack of state transparency...

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Oct 25, 2013

PR China Keen on Silencing Human Rights Critics...

In an email received by UNPO, a member of the overseas media detailed how the Chinese Mission to the UN in Geneva was circulating allegations of Mr. Isa’s involvement in terrorism. Mr. Isa was scheduled...

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Oct 10, 2013

East Turkestan: 139 Reportedly Arrested For Spreading...

Below is an article published by Channel News Asia: China has arrested 139 people in Xinjiang for allegedly spreading jihad, state-run media said Wednesday [9 October 2013], as it warns of growing extremism...

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Oct 08, 2013

East Turkestan: Seven Uyghurs Shot Dead By Chinese...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Seven ethnic minority Uyghurs have been shot dead by police in separate clashes in China's restive northwestern region of Xinjiang and nine others detained...

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Oct 07, 2013

East Turkestan: 100 Uyghurs Rounded Up In Police...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Authorities have rounded up some 100 ethnic minority Uyghurs in China’s southwestern province of Yunnan in recent weeks amid a hunt for suspects...

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Oct 01, 2013

East Turkestan: Web Editor Detained At Beijing...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Authorities in China’s capital detained an editor of a well-known Uyghur website over the weekend on charges of “attempting to escape the...

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Sep 27, 2013

East Turkestan: Search For Disappeared Son Made...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Authorities in the capital of northwestern China’s Xinjiang region have ordered a landlord to evict a Uyghur family from their rented home as punishment...

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Sep 17, 2013

East Turkestan: Uyghur Woman Evicted For Wearing...

Below is an article published by RadiofreeAsia: Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region have evicted a Muslim Uyghur woman from her rental property for wearing a veil covering her face, despite having...

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Sep 16, 2013

East Turkestan: Three Sentenced To Death Over...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Chinese authorities have sentenced three ethnic Uyghurs to death after linking them to bloody June violence in the restive Xinjiang region in punishments...

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Sep 10, 2013

East Turkestan: Wife Of Missing Uyghur Denied...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Authorities in the capital of China’s troubled northwestern Xinjiang region have confiscated a cash donation given to a Uyghur woman struggling...

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Sep 06, 2013

East Turkestan: Beijing’s Crackdown on Uyghurs...

Below is an article published by The Asahi Shimbun:   Armed police officers were on high alert around an empty, neglected building with peeling walls in Urumqi, the capital of China’s Xinjiang...

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Aug 30, 2013

Enforced Disappearances: The Deafening Silence...

Since the Second World War, enforced disappearances have been a common occurrence around the world. Under Augusto Pinochet’s seventeen-year rule in Chile, 2,279 people were abducted and killed by...

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Aug 29, 2013

East Turkestan: China Accused Of Muslim Killings...

The following article was taken from Voice of America Reports in the province say police conducted the raid against alleged terrorists. A state-run newspaper in the town of Kashgar, near the site of the...

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Aug 26, 2013

East Turkestan: At Least 15 Uyghurs Killed During...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Chinese authorities have shot dead at least 15 ethnic Uyghurs in a desert area in Xinjiang, accusing them of terrorism and illegal religious activity,...

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Aug 21, 2013

East Turkestan: Authorities Arrest Uyghurs At...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Hundreds of Uyghurs are believed to have been taken into police custody since police opened fire at a crowd protesting prayer restrictions at No. 16 Village...

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Aug 15, 2013

East Turkestan: Call On China To Withdraw Death...

Below is an article published by the World Bulletin: The Spokesperson of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday expressed concern over sentencing Uyghur Muslims in East Turkistan (Uyghur...

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Aug 14, 2013

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Sentenced To Death On...

Below is an article published by The New York Times: A court in restive western China on Monday [12 August 2013] sentenced two members of the Uighur ethnic minority to death and gave prison sentences...

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Aug 12, 2013

East Turkestan: Three Worshippers Shot Dead During...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   At least three ethnic minority Muslim Uyghurs were killed and 20 others injured in clashes in China's troubled Xinjiang region when security forces...

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Aug 09, 2013

East Turkestan: Mysterious Death In Uyghur Pr...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: A Uyghur teacher sentenced to life in prison for “anti-state” activities in China’s troubled Xinjiang region has died in mysterious...

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Aug 07, 2013

East Turkestan: Missing Uyghur Construction Worker...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Four years after a fruitless search and after being given the runaround by Chinese authorities, the family of a Uyghur construction worker who disappeared...

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Aug 02, 2013

East Turkestan: Uyghur Academic Activist Placed...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Uyghur scholar and activist Ilham Tohti said Wednesday [31 July 2013] that he has been placed under house arrest for the fourth time this year, possibly...

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Jul 24, 2013

East Turkestan: Uyghur Student Enforced Disappeared...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:     A Uyghur ethnic minority student who once worked as a volunteer for a website of outspoken Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti has been detained...

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Jul 19, 2013

East Turkestan: White House Sends Ramadan Message...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: U.S. President Barack Obama’s message marking the current Muslim holy month of Ramadan has been translated to the Uyghur language and posted online...

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Jul 15, 2013

East Turkestan: New Restrictions on Religious...

Below is an article published by Eurasiareview: Uyghur Muslims in oil-rich Karamay city in China’s troubled Xinjiang region have been banned from holding private religious discussions and barred...

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Jul 09, 2013

East Turkestan: Increased Security Measures After...

Below is an article published by World Bulletin: Following last week's incidents killing 35 in East Turkistan (Uyghur Autonomous Region), Muslims enter the holy month of Ramadan under strict security...

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Jul 08, 2013

Declaration of the UNPO Presidency

  The UNPO Presidency declares that:   -they strongly support the Uyghur people’s struggle in view of recent developments in East Turkestan; -UNPO’s Members will continue to work...

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Jul 03, 2013

East Turkestan: WUC To Commemorate 4th Anniversary...

  Below is a press release published by The World Uyghur Congress:     On 5 July 2009, one of the worst episodes of human rights violations to be felt in East Turkestan in recent history...

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Jul 01, 2013

East Turkestan: Chinese Authorities Confirm That...

Below is a press release published by Radio Free Asia: Local authorities in China's Xinjiang region confirmed at the weekend that police fired at hundreds of minority ethnic Muslim Uyghurs protesting...

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Jun 27, 2013

East Turkestan: Violence In Uyghur Village Highlights...

Below is an article published by World Uyghur Congress :     he World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is deeply concerned about the emergence of reports that 27 people have been killed during the...

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Jun 21, 2013

East Turkestan: China Used Military In Xinjiang...

Below is an article published by the Bangkok Post: Exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer claimed Thursday [20 June 2013] the Chinese government used military force in the latest episode of what...

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Jun 20, 2013

East Turkestan: WUC Honours Extradited Uyghur...

Below is an article published by the World Uyghur Congress: At a time when the pressures of the global economic crisis are continuing to take their toll, it is as important as ever that the international...

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Jun 14, 2013

East Turkestan: Pre-Ramadan Restrictions In C...

Below is an article published by Onislam: "They are extracting guarantees from parents, promising that their children won't fast on Ramadan," Dilxat Raxit, Sweden-based spokesman for the exile World Uighur...

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Jun 12, 2013

East Turkestan: Hungary Under Pressure After Expelling...

Below is an article published by BosNewsLife: Hungary remained under pressure Wednesday, June 12, to explain its relations with China after expelling the vice-president of the World Uighur Congress (WUC)...

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Jun 07, 2013

East Turkestan: Obama Urged To Push Xi Jinping...

Below is an article published by Chicago Tribune U.S. lawmakers and 30 human rights groups on Thursday urged President Barack Obama to use a weekend summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping to press...

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Jun 04, 2013

East Turkestan: Land Grabbing And Corruption

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Chinese authorities are blatantly grabbing farm land in a northern ethnic Uyghur village in China's volatile Xinjiang region after the farmers refused...

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Jun 03, 2013

East Turkestan: World Uyghur Congress Forced To...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Authorities in Hungary expelled a visiting senior official of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and took other actions that caused the abrupt cancellation...

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May 30, 2013

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Call For Freedom Of R...

Below is an article published by Abc-Cbn News:   The US-based Uyghur Human Rights Project, in a study based on witness interviews, said China has pursued an "unrelenting drive" of "ever-repressive...

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May 28, 2013

East Turkestan: Deadly Clashes Hit Kashgar

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Deadly clashes between Han Chinese and Uyghurs broke out over the weekend in western China’s restive Xinjiang region, according to local residents...

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May 24, 2013

East Turkestan: Successful School Protest After...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Dozens of high-school students in China's  troubled western Xinjiang region took to the streets in a rare protest over the right of Uyghur girls...

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May 16, 2013

East Turkestan: Uyghur Mazar Book Launched In...

Below is an article published by Los Angeles Review of Books: There are mosques in towns all over China, but the most concentrated signs of Islamic belief are found in the western province of Xinjiang....

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May 10, 2013

East Turkestan: Uyghur Students Arrested In Regionwide...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Chinese authorities at a university in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have detained at least three ethnic minority Uyghur students, according...

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May 08, 2013

East Turkestan: ‘War on Terror’ Leads To Unforeseen...

Below is an article published by The Platform: The turn of the millennium has signalled a new era for Islam and its relationship with the western world. Whereas the IRA and Irish republicanism were...

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May 03, 2013

East Turkestan: Chinese Authorities Register Religious...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Authorities in the troubled north-western region of Xinjiang have begun keeping registers of religious believers, in a fresh move that appears targeted...

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May 02, 2013

East Turkestan: WUC Calls For Independent Investigation...

Below is an article published by The World Uyghur Congress: Violent clashes in Maralbeshi (Chinese: Bachu), resulting in the death of 21 people, were reported last Tuesday [23 April 2013]. Official Chinesemedia...

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May 02, 2013

UNPO Calls for Independent Investigation in East...

Below is the appeal published by UNPO sent to Members of the European Parliament and other EU Institutions  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ URGENT...

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Apr 25, 2013

East Turkestan: US Urges China To Promote Uyghur...

Below is an article published by Strait Times: The United States on Wednesday [24 April] urged China to safeguard the rights of its Uyghur minority and carry out a transparent probe of the latest violence...

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Apr 24, 2013

East Turkestan: 21 People Killed In Clashes

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe: Media reports say 21 people have been killed in violent clashes in China's ethnically divided western region of Xinjiang. A local official told the...

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Apr 22, 2013

Tibet: Human Rights In China Worsening

Below is an article published by Bangkokpost: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/346107/human-rights-in-china-worsening-us-finds China's human rights record worsened in 2012 amid an increasingly harsh...

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Apr 15, 2013

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Held For Resisting Land...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Authorities have arrested three Uyghurs who they say resisted and assaulted public officers sent to expropriate their farmland for a market in northwestern...

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Apr 04, 2013

East Turkestan: Report Points At Chinese Government...

Below is an article published by Forbes: In the last months, new research has made it clearer than ever that every computer in the world is a potential target for Chinese government hackers. So perhaps...

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Mar 28, 2013

East Turkestan: 20 Uyghurs Jailed For Believi...

Below is an article published by World Bulletin:  Chinese courts have sentenced 20 people of the Uyghur ethnic minority to up to life in jail on charges of separatism, the government said on Wednesday...

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Mar 21, 2013

East Turkestan: Chinese Flags Hung At Uyghur ...

Below is an article published by World Bulletin: As the Chinese government increases its repressive regulations on East Turkestan, a new regulation has further increased tension. The administration has...

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Mar 20, 2013

East Turkestan: WUC President Teaches History...

Below is an article published by World Bulletin: Heated debates arose during the “Human Rights in China” meeting organized in Geneva by the UN between Uyghur representatives and Chinese diplomats....

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Mar 14, 2013

East Turkestan: Han Migrant Influx Threatens Uyghur...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: More than 2,000 Han Chinese streamed into Xinjiang on the first train to arrive in the regional capital after the Chinese New Year festival last month...

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Mar 13, 2013

Tibet: Conference On China’s New Leadership

Below is an article published by Phayul: A senior Tibetan leader today called for a common ground where people from East Turkestan, Tibet, and Southern Mongolia could cooperate and learn from each other’s...

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Mar 12, 2013

East Turkestan: Han Migrant Wave Strains Uyghur...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: On Feb. 21 [2013], 2,100 Han from Chongqing city disembarked from train L1133 at the Xinjiang capital Urumqi’s train station ahead of taking up...

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Mar 12, 2013

CANCELLED - "10 Conditions of Love"...

The 10 CONDITIONS OF LOVE is the story of a woman, a man, a family, a people and a homeland. It is the story of Rebiya Kadeer, China’s nightmare. China says Rebiya Kadeer is a terrorist.It is the...

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Mar 12, 2013

International WUC Conference Focuses On Impact...

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) – in collaboration with the UNPO, Society for Threatened People and the National Endowment for Democracy – held a major international conference from 11 –...

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Mar 07, 2013

East Turkestan: Uyghur Scholar Faces Medical Care...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:     Ilham Tohti, who has been under 24-hour surveillance at his home in Beijing since he was prevented from leaving China for the U.S. last...

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Mar 04, 2013

East Turkestan: Ghulja Officials Tighten Religious...

.Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: A recently appointed official of a county in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region is cracking down on religious activities—from mandatory...

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Feb 27, 2013

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Face Jail For Speaking...

Below is an article published by Green Left: A Uyghur man is serving an 11-year prison sentence for “inciting separatism”, allegedly for translating Chinese-language news related to Kashgar...

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Feb 15, 2013

East Turkestan: China Criticised Over Travel Ban...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   A group of global scholars and human rights organizations have criticized Chinese authorities for imposing a travel ban on prominent Uyghur...

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Feb 14, 2013

East Turkestan: Government Hacks Uyghur Mac U...

Below is an article published by I Tech Post:   The cyber-attacks against Uyghur users on Macs is another incident in the long string of probably government-sponsored hacking programs against several...

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Feb 11, 2013

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Pressed Into Field Wo...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:     Minority Uyghur farmers are being forced to do jobs without pay for local authorities in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region despite...

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Feb 06, 2013

East Turkestan: Sixteenth Anniversary Of Ghulja...

Below is an article published by Uyghur Human Rights Project: On the sixteenth anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre, the Uyghur American Association (UAA) calls on the Chinese government to fully disclose...

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Feb 05, 2013

East Turkestan: Uyghur Scholar Barred From Leaving...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Chinese authorities have prevented an outspoken ethnic Uyghur scholar from leaving for the United States to take up a post at Indiana University after...

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Feb 04, 2013

East Turkestan: Malaysia Deporting Uyghurs

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia   This is the second time the country has repatriated Uyghurs to China despite concerns their human rights are at risk.   Malaysia has secretly...

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Feb 01, 2013

East Turkestan: Uyghur Pupils Face Beatings

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:     Uyghur children in China’s troubled northwestern Xinjiang region face mistreatment by their teachers in Chinese-language schools,...

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Jan 25, 2013

East Turkestan: Families Of Enforced Disappeared...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   Authorities in China’s restive Xinjiang region detained and harassed several families of missing Uyghurs during the visit of a Turkish opposition...

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Jan 24, 2013

East Turkestan: China Denies Family Visits To...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Chinese authorities restrict the family of a Uyghur sentenced for 'revealing state secrets' to visits every three months. Authorities in China's northwestern...

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Jan 24, 2013

Religious Persecution By China: A Horror Stor...

Please find below UNPO's press release on the hearing:   Landmark Hearing Urges the European Union to Act Upon Religious Persecution By China   European Parliament Hearing brings evidence...

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Jan 22, 2013

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Report Food Mislabeling...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   Uyghurs say Chinese companies are passing goods off as halal products imported from Muslim countries. A number of companies in China are mislabeling...

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Jan 16, 2013

East Turkestan: Experts Doubtful That Long-Awaited...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   Land expropriation and hukou system reforms by China may not be as beneficial to Uyghurs as expected, experts warn.   Long-awaited reforms...

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Jan 15, 2013

East Turkestan: Chinese Control Information

  Below you can find an article published by Huffington Post:   As people across the globe shared their hopes and dreams for 2013 with families and friends at the turn of the New Year, reports...

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Jan 10, 2013

East Turkestan: Enforced Disappeared Uyghurs Victims...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: A “high” number of Uyghurs, including youngsters seized by security forces following ethnic unrest in China’s Xinjiang region, may have...

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Jan 03, 2013

East Turkestan: Uyghur writer dies in Chinese...

  Below is an article published by Amnesty International: The reported death of a celebrated Uighur writer in a Chinese prison is an indictment on freedom of expression, and exposes harsh prison...

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Dec 28, 2012

China’s New Leadership: Challenges For Human...

Below is a Press Release from the World Uyghur Congress:   The World Uyghur Congress is pleased to announce that it will be holding a conference in collaboration with the Society for Threatened...

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Dec 21, 2012

East Turkestan: Uyghur Farmers In Forced Labo...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:     Uyghur farmers are being forced to work on road construction without pay as part of a new infrastructure policy in northwestern China,...

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Dec 20, 2012

East Turkestan: WUC Condemns Cambodia’s Deportation...

  Below is an article published by World Uyghur Congress:     Three years ago today [19 December 2012], 20 Uyghur refugees were deported to the People's Republic of China (PRC) from...

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Dec 19, 2012

East Turkestan: UN Declaration On Minorities Needs...

  Below is a press release by the World Uyghur Congress:  Twenty years after its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National...

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Dec 10, 2012

East Turkestan: Demonstration On UN Human Rights...

Below you can find an article published by World Uyhurt Congress:   The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) wishes to announce that it will be holding a demonstration in Munich to raise awareness of the...

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Dec 07, 2012

East Turkestan: Details Of Cruel Crackdown Re...

The following article has been published by Radio Free Asia:   Nearly a dozen Uyghur men remain in jail more than two years after they were detained in a wave of arbitrary arrests tied to a deadly...

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Dec 06, 2012

Strong Presence Of UNPO Representatives At Fifth...

More than thirty representatives of twelve UNPO Members (Afrikaner, Ahwazi, Assyria, Crimean Tatars, East Turkestan, Haratin, Hmong, Iranian Kurdistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Khmer Krom, Ogaden, and West Balochistan)...

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Dec 05, 2012

East Turkestan: Uyghur Scholar And Activist Continuously...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   A prominent Uyghur scholar says that he faced harassment both from police in Beijing where he lives and in his hometown in northwestern China...

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Dec 03, 2012

East Turkestan: China Imposes Double Standards...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Uyghur Muslims face stricter controls on religion than Hui Muslims. China says its laws provide equal religious freedom for Uyghurs and the country’s...

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Nov 30, 2012

East Turkestan: 50 Protesters Wounded By Poli...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: At least 50 ethnic Muslim Uyghurs were injured in clashes with police in central China's Henan province after the authorities dispersed protests by...

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Nov 26, 2012

East Turkestan: Dire Economic Situation For Minority...

  Below is a statement published by The Melbourne Newsroom:   People from China’s Uyghur minority are struggling to get higher status, higher paying jobs, which in turn is leading...

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Nov 23, 2012

East Turkestan: Ethnic Minority Discrimination...

Below is a study published by Phys Org: The study found a combination of a job market that favours the dominant Han ethnic group, as well as crackdowns on Uyghur religious and cultural practices, has...

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Nov 19, 2012

East Turkestan: Call For Unity With Southern ...

Below is an article published by the APA Information Agency:   The leaders said the Turks of South Azerbaijan and East Turkestan are the same nation, underlined the importance of cooperation between...

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Nov 14, 2012

East Turkestan: Spokesman WUC Granted US Visa

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: The spokesman for the exile World Uyghur Congress, Dolkun Isa, who is on top of China's "terrorist" list, has been allowed to enter the United States...

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Nov 13, 2012

East Turkestan: Diaspora Groups Call For Reforms...

Below is an article published by AlJazeera:   Just hours before her death sentence and execution, Rebiya Kadeer found herself shackled inside Liudaowan Prison in China's far-western Xinjiang region....

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Nov 09, 2012

East Turkestan: The View From Xinjiang

Below is an article published by The Diplomat: Omnipresent state propaganda exhorts Uyghurs and other local ethnic groups to love and protect the Chinese state, which even in Xinjiang is ironically...

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Nov 08, 2012

East Turkestan: Tighter Security Checks During...

Below is an article published on Radio Free Asia:   Authorities in China's troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have boosted security patrols and military-style barricades across the capital,...

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Nov 07, 2012

Chinese Leadership Change Unlikely To Improve...

With all eyes on the build-up to last night’s United States presidential elections, China’s once-in-a-decade leadership transition has found itself comparatively sidelined in the international...

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Nov 06, 2012

Hmong: New Year’s Celebrations

  Below is an article publised by Green Bay Press Gazette: A celebration of the Hmong New Year on Saturday [3 November, 2012] brought together young and old alike in an event filled with games,...

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Nov 06, 2012

East Turkestan: Organ Harvesting Unlikely To Stop...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: China's plans to ban the use of organs harvested from executed prisoners could lead to a stronger culture of donation in the wider population,...

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Nov 05, 2012

East Turkestan: Ongoing Desertification

Below is an article published by United Press International:   China faces a losing battle to restore Lake Aibi's ecosystem due to worsening desertification in the region of the salt lake, officials...

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Oct 24, 2012

East Turkestan: Authorities Multiply Raids On...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   Authorities in China's troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang are carrying out raids on the homes of local residents following clashes between...

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Oct 17, 2012

East Turkestan: China Launches Uyghur Language...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: China’s state media has launched a Uyghur language news website which it says has become an “instant” hit, but an exile group feels...

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Oct 04, 2012

WUC Representatives Tell Brussels: “Uyghur...

Ms. Rebiyah Kadeer, president of the WUC, Omer Kanat, Vice President and two other representatives participated in a series of visits, organised by the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO),...

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Oct 01, 2012

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Watch Anxiously For Leadership...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Uyghurs abroad are watching China’s upcoming leadership change for signs of improvement in policies toward their homeland in the west of China,...

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Sep 27, 2012

UNPO President Ngawang Choephel Speaker At International...

The conference has been organised by the East Turkestan Union in Europe and The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) in collaboration with and support from two Bavarian parliamentary groups, namely the SPD and...

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Sep 27, 2012

UNPO President Ngawang Choephel Speaker At International...

The conference has been organised by the East Turkestan Union in Europe and The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) in collaboration with and support from two Bavarian parliamentary groups, namely the SPD and...

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Sep 26, 2012

East Turkestan: International Conference On Chinese...

Below is an article published by World Uygur Congress: The East Turkestan Union in Europe and The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) are set to hold an international conference addressing the impact of the Chinese...

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Sep 17, 2012

Uyghur: A Handbook For Human Rights

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   A Beijing-based charity has issued a handbook to help the Muslim, ethnic minority Uyghurs stand up for their rights under Chinese law, including...

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Sep 17, 2012

East Turkestan: Investigation Of Organ Harvesting...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: China has been extracting organs from living prisoners in addition to its much publicized and criticized practice of taking vital body parts from executed...

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Sep 17, 2012

East Turkestan: Investigation Of Organ Harvesting...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: China has been extracting organs from living prisoners in addition to its much publicized and criticized practice of taking vital body parts from executed...

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Sep 13, 2012

East Turkestan: Allegations Of China Harvesting...

Below is an article published by NBC4 News: At a House hearing, Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., alleged that kidneys, livers, lungs, hearts and corneas were taken from recently deceased prisoners and that China's...

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Sep 12, 2012

UNPO President Ngawang Choephel Speaks Out Against...

On 11th of September 2012 the third Meeting of the Human Rights Council’s 21st Regular Session was held in the Palais des Nations, Geneva. UNPO President Ngawang Choephel attended the session and...

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Sep 05, 2012

East Turkestan: Uyghur Mother Under House Arr...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   Chinese authorities in Xinjiang have placed an outspoken Uyghur mother under virtual house arrest, concerned she may publicize the long-running...

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Aug 31, 2012

East Turkestan: Calls for Authorities to Account...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: An exile group called on China Thursday [30 August 2012] to account for thousands of ethnic Uyghurs believed to be victims of enforced or involuntary...

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Aug 30, 2012

UNPO and WUC Release Joint Statement on the UN...

Brussels, 29 August 2012 – As the world marks the 2012 UN International Day Against Nuclear Tests – eighteen months after the Fukushima nuclear accident – the risks of civil and military...

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Aug 30, 2012

East Turkestan: WUC Condemns Enforced Disappearances...

Below is a press release issued by the World Uyghur Congress: On the United Nations International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) continues to be deeply...

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Aug 29, 2012

East Turkestan: Appeal To Release Karem Abduweli...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: The family of a prominent Uyghur religious leader whose prison sentence had been arbitrarily extended several times has called on the international community...

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Aug 27, 2012

Merkel Asked To Raise Issue Of Press Freedom On...

Below is an article published by the Hindustan Times:   On Sunday, German journalists based in China wrote to Merkel, asking her to raise the issue of deteriorating conditions for reporters here...

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Aug 21, 2012

East Turkestan: Conference On China’s Upcoming...

Below is an article published by the World Uyghur Congress: The East Turkestan Union in Europe is pleased to announce that the international conference on the impact of China’s upcoming leadership...

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Aug 17, 2012

East Turkestan: State Interventions Marring Ramadan...

Below is an article published by The Economist: Idh Kah mosque in Kashgar, said to be the biggest in China, boasts a noticeboard recalling the care lavished on its restoration by the central government....

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Aug 16, 2012

East Turkestan: Systematic Demolition of Kashgar...

Below is an article published by the BBC: Driving small vans and trucks groaning under the weight of animals, Kashgar's farmers gather at the city's weekly livestock market as they have done for centuries. Hundreds...

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Aug 13, 2012

East Turkestan: Outspoken Uyghur Scholar Questioned...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Chinese authorities have interrogated an outspoken Uyghur scholar, warning him not to speak to the foreign media or discuss religion online, after his...

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Aug 09, 2012

East Turkestan: Lop Nur Nuclear Tests Remembe...

Below is an article published by The Japan Times: Uighur residents in Japan and their support organization have been campaigning to raise awareness about nuclear tests conducted by China in the country's...

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Aug 03, 2012

Uyghurs Facing Restrictions on Ramadan

Below is a Press Release published by the Uyghur American Association: The Uyghur American Association (UAA) is concerned that a recent intensification of restrictions on Uyghur religious expression will...

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Aug 03, 2012

East Turkestan: A Culture Facing Systemic Ero...

Below is an article published by Foreign Policy: The Chinese government has ordered restrictions on Ramadan observances in the northern province of Xinjiang, home to the majority of China's Muslim Uighur...

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Aug 02, 2012

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Banned From Fasting

Below is an article published by Al Jazeera: Chinese authorities in the northwestern province of Xinjiang have banned Muslim officials and students from fasting during the month of Ramadan,...

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Jul 30, 2012

East Turkestan: Becoming A Minority In Their ...

Below is an article published by the World Uyghur Congress: World Uyghur Congress president Rebiya Kadeer says Uyghurs face ‘cultural genocide.’ Beijing is stepping up the influx of Han Chinese...

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Jul 25, 2012

East Turkestan: China Bans Ramadan

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have imposed curbs on the public observance of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan among...

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Jul 18, 2012

UNPO Urges Ban Ki-moon to Speak Up for the Rights...

18 July, The Hague – Upon learning that UN Secretary-General will be on a visit to the People's Republic of China this week, the UNPO Presidency is urging Mr. Ban Ki-moon to raise concern on the...

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Jul 11, 2012

Commemorating Urumqi massacre and celebrating...

On Thursday 5 July the East Turkestan Uyghur Association in the Netherlands organized a demonstration in The Hague to commemorate the July 2009 Urumqi massacre, in which hundreds of Uyghurs were killed...

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Jul 06, 2012

East Turkestan: Three Years On

Below is an article published by Voice of America News: An exiled Uighur group says Chinese authorities have turned the northwestern region of Xinjiang into a "police state," three years after the outbreak...

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Jul 04, 2012

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Will Stage Peaceful D...

Below is an article published by the World Uyghur Congress: The World Uyghur Congress is pleased to announce that as we approach 5th July many Uyghur exiles and their supporters around the globe...

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Jul 03, 2012

East Turkestan: Pressure Over Uyghur Asylum Seekers...

Below is an article published by the Epoch Times: Swedish migration authorities are coming under pressure to look very closely at a current case of two Uyghur asylum seekers before them. The two who have...

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Jul 03, 2012

UNPO and WUC Deeply Concerned over Imminent Deportation...

  PRESS RELEASE                                                    ...

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Jul 02, 2012

East Turkestan: Activists Targeted By Malware

Below is an article published by TechWeekEurope: Researchers at Kaspersky Lab say Mac malware is being used in an advanced persistent attack targeting people supporting human rights for the...

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Jun 27, 2012

East Turkestan: Family Speaks Out Over Disappearance...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: The relatives of a Uyghur man who went missing in the aftermath of ethnic violence in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region three years ago [2009]...

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Jun 25, 2012

East Turkestan: Peaceful Activists Beaten Up

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: A group of Uyghur petitioners from China’s northwestern Xinjiang region have faced beatings and harassment by police since bringing their grievances...

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Jun 21, 2012

East Turkestan: Planned Deportations Condemne...

Below is a press release issued by the World Uyghur Congress: Since the inception of the World Refugee Day in 2001 following the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 55/76, the 20 June has stood...

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Jun 20, 2012

East Turkestan: How Religious Materials Led to...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Authorities in the city of Hotan in the ethnically troubled Xinjiang region have handed a 10-year jail term to an Uyghur man convicted of selling "illegal...

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Jun 19, 2012

East Turkestan: Swedish Authorities Refuse Asylum...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Authorities in Sweden are gearing up to deport two Muslim ethnic minority Uyghurs to China after their requests for political asylum were refused, sparking...

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Jun 15, 2012

East Turkestan: Loyalty No Protection of Righ...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia A Uyghur who went “missing” in the aftermath of deadly ethnic violence in China’s troubled Xinjiang region was a card-carrying member...

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Jun 12, 2012

East Turkestan: Uyghur Movie Finally Broadcas...

Below is an article published by The Australian: Producer John Lewis said that he was delighted the film, about the Turkish ethnic group in Central Asia, was broadcast after a two-year delay, but disappointed...

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Jun 07, 2012

East Turkestan: Children Injured in Raid on School...

Below is a press release issued by the Uyghur Human Rights Project: A raid by Chinese police on a religious school in Hotan that led to the injury of 12 Uyghur children reflects the severity with which...

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Jun 05, 2012

East Turkestan: Youth Dies Whilst Detained

Below is a press release issued by the World Uyghur Congress: The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) strongly condemns the abhorrent death of 12 year old Mirzahid whilst in police custody in Korla,...

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May 30, 2012

East Turkestan: Plan to demolish Uyghurs’ symbol...

Below is a press release issued by the Uyghur American Association: In a sign of increasing official pressure on the sons of Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer and her other family members in East Turkestan,...

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May 23, 2012

East Turkestan: Uyghur Leader Meets Tsunami Survivors...

Below is a press release issued by the World Uyghur Congress: World Uyghur Congress President Rebiya Kadeer wrapped up her trip to Japan by visiting tsunami survivors in Fukushima on Saturday [19 May...

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May 21, 2012

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Gather for their General...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: As an exile Uyghur meeting closes in Tokyo, Japanese parliamentarians demand that China stop “interfering.” Japanese parliamentarians called...

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May 18, 2012

East Turkestan: General Assembly Closes in To...

Below is a press release issued by the World Uyghur Congress: The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) successfully held its 4th General Assembly in Tokyo, Japan, from May 14 to 17, attended by more than 120 Uyghur...

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May 16, 2012

East Turkestan: Families Speak Out About Disappearances...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: More families of Uyghurs missing in the aftermath of ethnic violence in China's Xinjiang region in 2009 have come forward to highlight their cases in...

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May 15, 2012

East Turkestan: 4th WUC Starts Successfully

Below is an article published by World Uyghur Congress: The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) has successfully held the Opening Ceremony of its 4th General Assembly at the Japanese Parliament in Tokyo in the...

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May 14, 2012

East Turkestan: The World Uyghur Congress Starts...

The article below is published by the World Uyghur Congress: The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is pleased to provide an update on  the agenda for its 4th General Assembly and its 6th Leadership Training...

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May 14, 2012

East Turkestan: Uyghur leader Kadeer Receives...

The article below is published by World Uyger Congress: TOKYO — Tokyo has issued an entry visa to Rebiya Kadeer in readiness for this week’s World Uyighur Congress, a Japan-based Uyighur organisation...

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May 04, 2012

East Turkestan: No Real US Pressure on China.

Below is a article published by the Los Angeles Times: Several Chinese dissidents who left their country for the United States scorned the deal struck over escaped activist Chen Guangcheng this week,...

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May 03, 2012

East Turkestan: Continued Violation of Freedom...

Below is a press release from the World Uyghur Congress: As we approach the 2012 World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) condemns once again in the strongest possible terms...

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Apr 25, 2012

East Turkestan: Japan Supports Uyghurs

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Japanese parliamentarians have set up a caucus supporting China’s minority Uyghurs, saying that Beijing should protect the human rights of the ethnic...

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Apr 23, 2012

East Turkestan: Uyghur Petitioners Banned From...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Uyghur petitioners from China's northwestern Xinjiang region face another obstacle in their bid to raise problems with the Chinese authorities in Beijing—they...

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Apr 20, 2012

East Turkestan: Guantánamo Detainees Moved...

Below is an article published by the New York Times: Two Chinese Muslim detainees held for years without trial at the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, were released in El Salvador this week, the...

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Apr 18, 2012

East Turkestan: Transforming Kashgar Into Kas...

Below is an article published by the Huffington Post:  The ancient Silk Road oasis of Kashgar, where Uyghurs have played host to a vibrant Central Asian trading culture, is getting a makeover. Uyghurs...

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Apr 16, 2012

East Turkestan: Turkish Premier Visits The Re...

Below is an article published by The Diplomat: On April 8, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Xinjiang (East Turkestan), the ethnically Uyghur, Turkic-speaking, and Muslim region controlled...

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Apr 12, 2012

East Turkestan: False Association Results from...

Below is an article published by Eurasianet.org: It's much easier to hype a security threat than to prove one doesn't exist, a fact that has bedeviled China's Uyghur minority. That many Uyghurs oppose...

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Apr 11, 2012

East Turkestan: Japan To Welcome WUC Event

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe: Japan says it will go ahead and issue entry visas to those attending the World Uyghur Congress next month.  A Foreign Ministry spokesman told...

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Apr 10, 2012

East Turkestan: China Adds 6 Uyghur Men To Terrorist...

Below is an article published by the World Uyghur Congress: The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is deeply concerned about today´s [6 April 2012] publication of a new “terrorist list” by...

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Apr 03, 2012

East Turkestan: Chinese Demolition Of Uyghur Communities...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:  China’s demolition of traditional neighborhoods in the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar in the volatile Xinjiang region is eroding ethnic...

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Mar 28, 2012

East Turkestan: Death Sentence Heavily Critic...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Authorities in China’s troubled Xinjiang region have sentenced a Uyghur to death in connection with a deadly knife attack, drawing condemnation...

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Mar 23, 2012

East Turkestan: Relatives of Imprisoned Speak...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: On April 5, 1990, hundreds of Uyghur farmers rose up against Chinese rule in Barin township in China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region...

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Mar 22, 2012

East Turkestan: Authorities Threaten Relatives...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Local authorities in northwestern China are pressuring the relatives of ethnic Uyghurs who are seeking asylum abroad, telling them to make their family...

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Mar 19, 2012

East Turkestan: Exile Leader Condemns Chinese...

Below Is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Uyghur exile leader Rebiya Kadeer called on Chinese authorities Friday [16 March 2012] to reveal more information about the fatal shooting last week of...

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Mar 19, 2012

UNPO Highlights Successes and Failures in Implementation...

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a process established by the United Nations Human Rights Council wherein states, UN agencies, and civil society can come together and comment on a wide range of human...

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Mar 16, 2012

East Turkestan: Youths Detained over Retweet

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Authorities in Qorghas county in China’s ethnically troubled Xinjiang region have detained five Uyghur youths, two of them for spreading online...

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Mar 15, 2012

East Turkestan: Damaging Changes To Criminal Procedure...

Below is an article published by CNN: Chinese legislators Wednesday [14 March 2012] approved changes to the country's criminal code that will allow the police to hold certain suspects at secret locations. The...

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Mar 14, 2012

Rights Of China’s Unrepresented Peoples Discussed...

(UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré)   Tuesday, 13 March 2012.   At a parallel event on the Human Rights Situation in Tibet, UNPO President Ngawang Choephel chaired a panel on Tuesday, 13 March...

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Mar 12, 2012

East Turkestan, Tibet: Outbursts Of State Violence...

Below is an article published by The New York Times: Two outbursts of violence involving fatal shootings by security forces took place last week in areas of China where ethnic tensions are running...

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Mar 09, 2012

East Turkestan: New Law Worsens Detention Rights...

Below is an article by the News International: China’s parliament unveiled legislation on Thursday [8 March 2012] solidifying police powers to hold dissidents in secret criminal detention, prompting...

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Mar 05, 2012

East Turkestan: Journalists Denounce Lack Of ...

Below is an article published by The International Federation of Journalists: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is deeply concerned by the reluctance of China’s government to release...

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Mar 02, 2012

East Turkestan: World Uyghur Congress Contests...

Below is a press release issued by the World Uyghur Congress: In light of the recent violent incident in Kargilik (Chinese: Yecheng), Kashgar Prefecture, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) strongly refutes...

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Mar 02, 2012

UPDATE - 50 Years After Test 596: China’s Nuclear...

UPDATE: The Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty, with the support of the WUC and UNPO, submitted a written statement entitled "Violation of Uyghurs’ right to health: Nuclear...

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Mar 01, 2012

East Turkestan: Oppression Of Uyghur Women In...

Below is an article published by Minority Voices: Rebiya Kadeer, the president of the World Uyghur Congress, spoke at a side event organised by MRG and UNPO at the UN Forum on Minorities in...

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Feb 23, 2012

East Turkestan: WUC Lambasts Discriminatory ‘Five...

Below is an article published by The Epoch Times: The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) has criticized measures recently imposed by Beijing authorities, saying they will “trample” freedom of belief...

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Feb 22, 2012

East Turkestan: Visit Of Chinese Leader In Turkey...

Below is an article published by Reuters: Activists from China's Muslim Uighur minority burnt Chinese flags in Ankara on Tuesday [21 February 2012] where China's leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping was holding...

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Feb 21, 2012

East Turkestan: Harsh Prison Sentences For Uyghur...

Below is a press release published by the World Uyghyr Congress:   In late January 2012, media reported that several members of the group of Uyghurs extradited from Cambodia to China on 19 December...

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Feb 17, 2012

East Turkestan: Plans to Increase Tourism to ...

Below is an article by TTG Asia: Located at the crossroads of the ancient Silk Road, the city of Kashgar in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of mainland China is looking to grow various aspects of...

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Feb 15, 2012

East Turkestan: Minorities Constitute Majority...

Below is an article published by NTCTV: The Committee to Protect Journalists recently posted an online report revealing that over half of the 27 documented imprisoned journalists in China are ethnic Uyghurs...

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Feb 14, 2012

East Turkestan: American Officials Should Confront...

Below is an article published by the Huffington Post:   By the end of the year, Chinese Vice President Xi Jingping, who visits the United States this week, will have been installed as China's President....

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Feb 10, 2012

East Turkestan: Protests over Seized Lands

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: More than 40 ethnic Uyghurs protested outside of a government office in China’s northwest Xinjiang region Thursday [9 February 2012] demanding authorities...

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Feb 08, 2012

East Turkestan: Canadian Prime Minister To Address...

Below is an article published by TheSpec The plight of a Burlington man in a Chinese jail for what supporters say are trumped-up terrorism charges is expected to be raised by Prime Minister Stephen Harper...

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Feb 07, 2012

East Turkestan: Human Rights Violations Continue...

Below is an article published by The Platform:   For many Chinese, the recent new year celebrations symbolise a new beginning. It is the celebration of an ongoing journey and is held synonymous...

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Feb 06, 2012

East Turkestan: Amnesty For Kazakh Human Rights...

Below is an article published by The World Uyghur Congress: Zhovtis was sentenced in 2009 to four years in prison for a road accident that killed a pedestrian. The trial against him was politically motivated...

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Feb 02, 2012

East Turkestan: Rafto Concerned by Uyghur Per...

Below is an article published by the Rafto Foundation: On December 19, 2009, Cambodia deported 21 Uyghur asylum seekers to China, including a pregnant woman and her two young children. Chinese authorities...

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Feb 01, 2012

East Turkestan: 8000 Chinese Security Officers...

  Below is an article published by the Epoch Times: he Chinese regime is recruiting 8,000 security officers to strengthen its grassroots “stability maintenance” police force in the...

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Jan 30, 2012

East Turkestan: Asylum Seekers’ Whereabouts...

Below is an article published by Phnom Penh Post The United States is attempting to confirm recent media reports that as many as four of the 20 ethnic Uighur asylum seekers deported from Cambodia to China...

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Jan 27, 2012

East Turkestan: Uyghur Exile Reportedly Sentenced...

Below is an article by the World Uyghur Congress: Musa Muhamad (Muhemmed), one of the twenty ethnic Uyghurs extradited on 19 December 2009 from Cambodia to China, was sentenced to 17 years in prison...

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Jan 27, 2012

New Research on Central Asia Places Uyghurs in...

Below are extracts from an article published by the CQ Press’ Global Researcher: Since emerging from the Soviet Union's orbit 20 years ago, the five enigmatic nations of Central Asia — Kazakhstan,...

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Jan 24, 2012

East Turkestan: Hundreds Of Uyghurs Unaccounted...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia More than two years after ethnic riots rocked China’s northwestern Xinjiang, hundreds of minority Uyghurs remain missing, casting a shadow over developments...

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Jan 16, 2012

East Turkestan: No Hope For Petitioners

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia   Local authorities in China’s troubled Xinjiang region prefer to spend tens of thousands of dollars on dragging home Uyghurs who travel to...

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Jan 10, 2012

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Forcibly Repatriated By...

Below is an article published by RFA  Authorities in Sweden have deported two Muslim ethnic minority Uyghurs to China after their request for political asylum was refused, sparking fears among...

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Jan 09, 2012

East Turkestan: 6-Year Old Uyghur Boy Reportedly...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: A six-year-old ethnic Uyghur boy has been missing for 11 days in China's troubled Xinjiang region amid speculations he may have been shot when police...

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Jan 04, 2012

East Turkestan: Concerns Over Uyghur Children...

The following article was released by Radio Free Asia: Neighbors and teachers are concerned over the fate of five ethnic Uyghur children who are believed injured and among those detained by police in...

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Jan 02, 2012

East Turkestan: Disappeared Human Rights Lawyer...

The following press release was issued by the Christian Newswire:   For the first time since his most recent forced disappearance 20 months ago, the whereabouts of human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng...

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Dec 30, 2011

East Turkestan: WUC Condemns Beijing's R...

Below is a press release by the World Uyghur Congress: According to the state-controlled Xinhua news agency, on 28 December 2011 seven Uyghurs were shot dead in an alleged hostage rescue in Guma (Chinese:...

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Dec 29, 2011

East Turkestan: Seven Uyghur Killed By Chinese...

Below is an article published by CNN:   Chinese officials said they killed seven members of the Uighur ethnic group in the restive western region of Xinjiang in order to free two hostages -- an...

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Dec 28, 2011

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Detained After ‘Strike-Hard’...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress, said the tightened measures had begun last week in the regional capital Urumqi, but...

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Dec 27, 2011

East Turkestan: Uyghur Refugees Still Missing

Below is an article published by The Phnom Penh Post: Two years after Cambodia sent 20 Uighurs seeking refugee status back to China against their will, grave concerns about their whereabouts remain,...

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Dec 21, 2011

East Turkestan: Rebiya Kadeer Remembers Vaclav...

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC), Uyghurs worldwide and I are saddened by the passing of the former President of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel. We would like to express our deepest sympathies...

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Dec 19, 2011

East Turkestan: 2nd Anniversary Of Cambodia E...

Below is a press release by the World Uyghur Forum 19 December marks the second anniversary of the illegal and forcible return of 20 Uyghur asylum-seekers (including one woman and two children) from Cambodia...

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Dec 15, 2011

East Turkestan: Beijing Begins New Steps to Suppress...

Below is an article published by Reuters:   The notice by the government in the Xinjiang city of Yining was uploaded in full by several Chinese news websites, and by Hong Kong-based Phoenix Television,...

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Dec 14, 2011

DROI Hearing on Human Rights in China

  Barbara Lochbihler MEP, chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights opened the session by reporting that since the last meetings in December 2010 and July 2011 the human rights situation has deteriorated...

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Dec 13, 2011

East Turkestan, Inner Mongolia And Tibet: Draft...

Below is an article published by The Wall Street Journal: Before the end of this month, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress will review the second draft of a proposal for comprehensive...

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Dec 08, 2011

East Turkestan: Suppressive Raids Continue

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe: Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have detained seven ethnic minority Uyghurs after police raids confiscated DVDs...

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Dec 07, 2011

UNPO Co-Hosts Panel Discussion At Forum On Minority...

  Main Photo (courtesy of U.S. Mission in Geneva - Eric Bridiers): Rebiya Kadeer speaks during panel discussion The Forum on Minority Issues, an annual event organized by the United Nations under...

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Dec 05, 2011

UNPO Representatives Prominent At UN Forum On...

  Photo: UNPO and Minority Rights Group participants pose for a photograph at the close of the first day of the UN Forum on Minority Issues Close to thirty representatives of nine UNPO Member...

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Nov 18, 2011

UNPO And Members Lobby Dutch Government On Relationship...

         On November 16 2011, the Foreign Affairs Committee of Dutch Parliament held a general meeting concerning China and Dutch-Chinese relations. As part of its Dutch lobbying...

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Nov 16, 2011

East Turkestan: Discrimination Persists in Be...

Below is an article published by the Asia Online Times: For anyone moderately experienced with Beijing's bustling street life, the image of the swarthy, Caucasian-featured kebab street vendor is an easily...

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Nov 08, 2011

East Turkestan: Asylum quest: A Chinese dissident's...

Below is an article published by AFP The Chinese dissident stood in front of a map of Vietnam, looking for the best place to sneak across the border on his long quest for freedom.   "I want to...

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Nov 03, 2011

East Turkestan: In Vienna Chinese Premier Meets...

Below is an article published by NTD News: The visit, punctuated by human rights protests, comes as European leaders appeal to China to invest in European government bonds and the debt-stricken region’s...

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Oct 31, 2011

East Turkestan: Muslims Denied Hajj Dream

Below is an article published by OnIslam.net While millions of Muslims worldwide prepare for the spiritual hajj to Makkah early next week, China’s Uighur Muslims are giving up their dream of the...

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Oct 24, 2011

East Turkestan: Ethnically Charged Violence Against...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia   Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang confirmed clashes between Han Chinese and Muslim Uyghur high-schoolers in Karamay...

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Oct 20, 2011

East Turkestan: Tensions Descend Even to Clas...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang confirmed clashes between Han Chinese and Muslim Uyghur high-schoolers in Karamay...

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Oct 13, 2011

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Coerced To Return

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Nearly a dozen Uyghurs in the Netherlands have been refused political asylum three or more times and are facing intense pressure from Dutch authorities...

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Sep 30, 2011

East Turkestan: New Report Highlights Challenges...

Below is an article published by Uyghur Human Rights Project: A new report by the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) documents the challenges faced by Uyghur asylum seekers in Europe, and examines the...

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Sep 28, 2011

East Turkestan: Demonstrations Planned for National...

Below is a statement released by the World Uyghur Congress: On the occasion of the National Day of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) celebrated each year on 1 October 2011, Uyghur organizations...

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Sep 27, 2011

East Turkestan: Teachers Fired Over Mandarin ...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia   Uyghur primary school and kindergarten teachers in China’s Xinjiang region are losing their jobs at an alarming rate because they cannot...

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Sep 20, 2011

East Turkestan: "Things Are Bound to Change...

Below is an article published by IPS News Q&A - José Domingo Guariglia interviews advocate for the Uyghur people, REBIYA KADEER  UNITED NATIONS, Sep 19 (IPS) - Before 1999, she was best...

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Sep 20, 2011

IV International Uyghur Women's Seminar

Over the past six decades, The Uyghur People of East Turkestan have been deprived of fundamental human and civil rights by the Chinese Government, which continues to refuse the indigenous group freedom...

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Sep 16, 2011

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Face Death After Summary...

Below is a press release published by World Uyghur Congress: The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) condemns in the strongest possible terms the death sentences handed to four Uyghurs in connection with the...

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Sep 15, 2011

East Turkestan: Four Condemned To Death Following...

Below is an article published by The Guardian:  Four people have been sentenced to death by courts in China's western region of Xinjiang, over violence in two cities during the summer which left...

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Sep 14, 2011

East Turkestan: CCP Uses 9/11 as "Excuse"...

Below is an article published by NTD Television: A decade has gone by since the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11th. Now the Chinese regime continues using the global fight against...

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Sep 09, 2011

East Turkestan: WUC Lists Profiles Of Current...

The Uyghur’s of East Turkestan, are experiencing a crackdown on their cultural, religious and political rights in spite of the fact their attempts to express these rights have been conducted peacefully....

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Sep 08, 2011

East Turkestan: Uyghur Repatriated Under False...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:    Chinese authorities made a false claim to convince the Thai government to extradite a Uyghur last month for his alleged involvement in...

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Sep 07, 2011

East-Turkestan: Protestors of Controversial Campaign...

Below is an article published by Phayul: Exile Uyghur groups say that five ethnic Uyghur Muslims were detained for refusing to honour the Chinese national flag at a flag raising ceremony held inside...

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Sep 06, 2011

Rights Activists’ Voices Grow in Tandem with...

Below is an article published by The New York Times: Last Jan. 27 [2010], an Inner Mongolian rights activist, Govruud Huuchinhuu, suddenly vanished after leaving a hospital where she had undergone treatment...

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Sep 01, 2011

East Turkestan: US Seeks Answers on Deportations...

Below is an article published by Agence France Presse: Two senior US lawmakers on Wednesday [insert date] criticized Malaysia for sending 11 ethnic Uighurs back to China and urged Beijing to reveal the...

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Aug 26, 2011

East Turkestan: Forced Return of Uighurs Another...

Below is an article published by Free Malaysia Today We, the undersigned civil society organisations strongly condemn the deportation of 11 Chinese citizens of Uighur ethnicity by the Malaysian government...

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Aug 24, 2011

East Turkestan: Malaysia condemned for deporting...

Below is an article published by AFP: KUALA LUMPUR — A human rights group criticised Malaysia on Tuesday for sending a group of ethnic Uighurs back to China and urged an end to such deportations...

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Aug 23, 2011

East Turkestan: Malaysia Continues Regional Trend...

Below is a statement released by the Uyghur American Association:    The Uyghur American Association (UAA) condemns in the strongest possible terms the deportation of 11 Uyghurs from Malaysia...

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Aug 22, 2011

Chinese People Should Listen to Their Hearts,...

The Chinese people have the great fortune of possessing a long and illustrious civilization. Their achievements in science and the arts are a legacy that Chinese people should be rightfully proud of; however,...

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Aug 22, 2011

East Turkestan: Uyghur Arrests and Deportation...

Below is an article published by Amnesty International. Amnesty International is gravely concerned about up to 24 refugees from the Chinese Uighur minority who have been arrested this month by Malaysian...

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Aug 18, 2011

East Turkestan: “Strike Hard” Campaign To...

Below is a statement released by the Uyghur American Association:  A new “Strike Hard” campaign announced by regional authorities presages a brutal campaign of arrests and enforced disappearances...

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Aug 16, 2011

East Turkestan: Beijing Deploys Troops As Tensions...

Below is an article published by The Epoch Times: After recent outbursts of violence in Xinjiang, far western China, Chinese communist authorities dispatched an “elite” anti-terrorism squad...

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Aug 12, 2011

East Turkestan: WUC Condemnation of Uyghur Ex...

Below is an article published by World Uyghur Congress: The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) condemns in the strongest possible terms the recent extradition of five ethnic Uyghurs, among them one woman and...

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Aug 11, 2011

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Deported As Pakistan Blindly...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:  Pakistani authorities have deported five ethnic Uyghurs to China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region where they may face persecution...

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Aug 09, 2011

East Turkestan: Beijing Bans Ramadan Fasts

Below is a speech published by Ahlul Bayt News Agency: Amid fresh arrests, restrictions on fasting and prayers at mosques, Uyghur Muslims are suffering under the latest episode of Chinese government crackdown...

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Aug 04, 2011

East Turkestan: Experts Condemn “Flawed” Ethnic...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:  As China warns of a harsh crackdown following ethnic violence in its troubled western region of Xinjiang, experts say the latest attacks in Kashgar...

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Aug 02, 2011

East Turkestan: Regional Instability Bolstered...

  Below is an article published by World Uyghur Congress: The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) unequivocally condemns Chinese government policies that have caused another outbreak of violence in East...

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Aug 01, 2011

East Turkestan: Amid Growing Tensions the Government...

Below is an article published by the Economist THE situation in Xinjiang, said a Chinese foreign-ministry official in early July, is “good and stable”. Less than two weeks later, on July 18th,...

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Jul 30, 2011

East Turkestan: Demonstration In Vienna To Protest...

Below is a press release by the World Uyghur Congress: Press release – For immediate release 28 July 2011 Contact:  World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org Tel. 0049 (0) 89 5432...

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Jul 28, 2011

East Turkestan: SCO Enables Increased Repression...

Below is an article published by openDemocracy: The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is one of those international bodies whose proclaimed ideals conceal an often sordid reality. A vivid way to...

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Jul 27, 2011

East Turkestan: World Turns its Back on China’s...

Below is an article published by ISN ETH Zurich:   The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is one of those international bodies whose proclaimed ideals conceal an often sordid reality. A vivid...

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Jul 26, 2011

East Turkestan: Chinese Military Hospitals Black...

Below is an article published by AFP: An exiled leader of China's Uyghur minority has said she feared for the safety of dozens of people she said were injured in recent clashes with police in the country's...

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Jul 25, 2011

UNPO General Secretary Condemns Violence In Hotan,...

  It is with great concern that UNPO calls attention to a violent incident in Hotan, East Turkestan on Monday 18 July 2011, which claimed the lives of at least 20 people. In response to the incident,...

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Jul 22, 2011

East Turkestan: Hard Price to Pay for Families...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Families of Uyghur political prisoners in north-western China say their lives may be worse than those of their loved ones serving time in jail. The...

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Jul 19, 2011

East Turkestan: Chinese Account of Hotan Incident...

Below is a statement released by World Uyghur Congress: Based on several witness accounts, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) has serious doubts about the official version of the incident in Hotan, East...

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Jul 18, 2011

East Turkestan: Virtual Jails for Prisoner Fa...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: The relatives of Uyghur political prisoners say they too are living out a sentence. Families of Uyghur political prisoners in northwestern China say...

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Jul 14, 2011

East Turkestan: Uyghur Students Expelled For Religious...

Below is an article published by Free Radio Asia: Ethnic minority Muslim high school students in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang have been expelled from their school for attending a mosque, a...

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Jul 12, 2011

East Turkestan: Uyghur Leaflets Prompt Crackd...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia Chinese authorities in the troubled north-western region of Xinjiang have detained at least six people following the appearance of leaflets in Aksu city...

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Jul 08, 2011

East Turkestan: Fresh Arrests As Ershidin Israel...

Below is a press release issued by the World Uyghur Congress: Ershidin Israel, 38, a Uyghur refugee was extradited from Kazakhstan to China on 30 May 2011. By forcibly returning Israel to China, Kazakhstan...

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Jul 06, 2011

East Turkestan: UHRP Finds Urumchi A City of Fear...

Below is a Press Release from the Uyghur American Association: A new report by the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) examines the nature of post-July 5, 2009 detentions and criminal procedures in East...

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Jul 05, 2011

Formation of the European Council of Mongolia...

Below is the invitation by the Chinese-Tibetan Friendship Society Europe for the events in English,Tibetan and Chinese. Demonstration on the 5th of July in front of the Chinese embassy in Brussels to...

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Jul 04, 2011

East Turkestan: Cyber-Attacks Mark Anniversary...

Below is a press release published by the World Uyghur Congress: Approaching the second anniversary of the 5 July 2009 events, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) has again been the victim of cyber attacks....

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Jul 01, 2011

East Turkestan: WUC Declares Commemoration for...

Below is a press release published by the WUC:  The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and its member organizations will stage protest actions around the globe on July 5, 2011 and in the days surrounding...

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Jun 30, 2011

East Turkestan: Chinese Crackdown Extends to Human...

Below is an article published by Monsters and Critics: Beijing - China is silencing human rights lawyers through an 'uncompromising series of measures,' including illegal detentions, harassment, intimidation...

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Jun 27, 2011

East Turkestan: Tightened Security as 5 July ...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have stepped up security ahead of the second anniversary of deadly ethnic riots in the regional...

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Jun 24, 2011

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Face Travel Ban

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Two ethnic Uyghurs from Pakistan were prevented from leaving their country to attend a summit in Turkey following demands by China, one of the men said,...

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Jun 21, 2011

East Turkestan: Despite US’ Criticisms of China’s...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: U.S. Senators have held rare talks with the Chinese Communist Party boss of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, who has been widely accused of blatant...

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Jun 14, 2011

East Turkestan: After Two Years of Impunity, World...

Below is an article published by World Uyghur Congress: On July 5, 2011 and in the days surrounding July 5th, Uyghurs in exile and their supporters around the globe will stage demonstrations and other...

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Jun 08, 2011

East Turkestan: Silent and Deadly – China’s...

Below is an article published by Islam Online:   Shaheer Ali was a young Uighur nationalist from the city of Khotan (Hetian) in the south of the XUAR (Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region). He...

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Jun 08, 2011

UPDATE: Where Is He Now?

Below is an article published by AlertNet: Kazakhstan has extradited an ethnic Uighur schoolteacher who had been granted UN refugee status to face charges of terrorism in China, a diplomat said on Tuesday...

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Jun 06, 2011

East Turkestan: “UNHCR Officials Followed China’s...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: A global rights group has criticized the UN refugees office in Kazakhstan for withdrawing the refugee status of a former Uyghur schoolteacher and facilitating...

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May 10, 2011

East Turkestan: Abandonment Of Guantánamo’s...

  Below is an article published by: Eurasia Review.Before WikiLeaks unleashed a trove of classified military assessments from Guantánamo, revealing — to discerning eyes — how the...

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May 04, 2011

East Turkestan: Central Asia Pressuring Uyghurs...

Below is an article published by Eurasianet:  Uyghur activists in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have been forbidden from traveling to the U.S. for a conference, and they say it's as a result of pressure...

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May 03, 2011

East Turkestan: World Press Freedom Day - WUC...

  Below is an article published by: World Uyghur Congress.China is currently spearheading the list of imprisoned journalists worldwide with at least 34 jailed journalists on 1 December 2010, according...

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Apr 28, 2011

East Turkestan: Halting the Wave of Persecuti...

Below is an article published by Channel News Asia US and Chinese officials were set to meet in Beijing on Wednesday [27 April 2011] for human rights talks against the tense backdrop of a severe crackdown...

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Apr 19, 2011

East Turkestan: US Supreme Court Rejects Uyghurs'...

  Below is an article published by: Global Times.The US Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by five Chinese Uyghurs protesting their detention at Guantanamo.The prisoners are among a group...

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Apr 18, 2011

East Turkestan: US to Host Major Conference on...

Below is a press release published by the World Uyghur Congress: WUC Announcement: International Conference “The Future of Uyghur People in East Turkestan” – UPDATE Press Release –...

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Apr 08, 2011

East Turkestan: Misused ‘Counter-Terror'...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia     China’s anti-terrorism policy deliberately targets ethnic minority communities such as Uyghurs and Tibetans struggling for greater...

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Apr 01, 2011

East Turkestan: Development Could Widen Ethnic...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Beijing plans to stabilize ethnic tensions in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region by developing the capital Urumqi into a regional financial hub, but...

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Mar 25, 2011

East Turkestan: On-Going Arbitrary Use of Death...

  Below is a press release issued by World Uyghur Congress:    The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is deeply concerned about the new death sentences handed down for seven people in East Turkestan....

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Mar 24, 2011

East Turkestan: Chinese Crackdown Intensifies

Below is an article published by The Irish Times: China is intensifying a crackdown on the Uighur ethnic minority in the restive province of Xinjiang in response to uprisings against governments in Tunisia,...

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Mar 18, 2011

East Turkestan: China Opposes Rebiya Kadeer Visit...

Below is an article published by Fox News: China says it opposes an exiled Uighur activist's upcoming visit to Australia, calling her a separatist. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu did not say Thursday...

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Mar 17, 2011

East Turkestan: EU Voice Joins Calls to Protect...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   A new resolution passed by the European Parliament lends weight to international calls for China to end the demolition of an ancient Uyghur...

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Mar 16, 2011

European Parliament Calls to End Kashgar Demo...

Below is an article published by UNPO: On 10 March 2011 the European Parliament has adopted a joint resolution that calls on the Chinese authorities to halt the destruction of the ancient Silk Road city...

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Mar 14, 2011

East Turkestan: MEPs Urge China to Stop the Destruction...

Below is an article published by International Business Times: Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on Thursday [March 10, 2011] called on the Chinese government to stop the destruction of cultural...

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Mar 10, 2011

East Turkestan: Uyghur and Tibetan Rights Feature...

Below is a statement published by TibetCustom: On January 13-14, 2011, the UK government held its 19th round of annual UK-China Human Rights Dialogue in the UK. As specialists in human rights, China,...

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Mar 08, 2011

East Turkestan: When History Catches Up With Authoritarianism...

  Below is an article published by: The Huffington Post.The swell of people power across the Middle East and North Africa in recent weeks has laid bare the human yearning for freedom from the injustices...

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Mar 07, 2011

East Turkestan: Uyghur Convert Sentenced to 15...

Below is a press release issued by Christian Solidarity Worldwide: CSW has learnt that an appeal in the case of Alimujiang Yimiti has resulted in his 15-year sentence being upheld by the Higher People’s...

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Feb 28, 2011

East Turkestan: ‘Without a Struggle You Can't...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: At a time when Middle Eastern dictators are feeling the heat, Central Asian autocrats are worrying about the future of their own governments.  Far...

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Feb 24, 2011

East -Turkestan: UAA Condemns Death Sentences...

  Below is an press release published by Uyghur American Association:   Courts in Aksu, Hotan and Kumul (Chinese: Hami) sentenced Turhun Turdi, Abdulla Tunyaz, Ahunniyaz Nur, and Abdukerim...

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Feb 17, 2011

East Turkestan: Australia Hosts Latest Leadership...

Below is a press release published by World Uyghur Congress: The workshop will be a week-long event in three major cities in Australia. The first workshop will be held in Sydney for two days from March...

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Feb 04, 2011

East Turkistan: Commemorating the Gulja Massa...

Below is an article published by: World Uyghur Congress On 5 February 1997, a peaceful demonstration by fifteen to twenty thousand Uyghurs in the city of Gulja (in Chinese:  Yining), Ili prefecture...

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Jan 21, 2011

East Turkestan: Uyghur Activist Joins Protests...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe:   Arriving in Washington for what observers called the most significant China-U.S. summit in decades, Chinese President Hu Jintao was...

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Jan 18, 2011

East Turkestan: Beijing Must Prove Uyghur Trials...

  Below is an article published by Amnesty International: Amnesty International today cast doubt on the legitimacy of the hundreds of trials conducted by the Chinese authorities in connection...

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Jan 17, 2011

Taiwanese, Tibetans, Uyghurs Unite to Protest...

Below is an article published by the Washington Post: Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit to the United States may not go as smoothly as the Obama administration may have hoped. At least 17 Taiwanese-American...

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Dec 21, 2010

East Turkestan: China Urged to Free Kadeer’s...

Below is an article published by Agence France Presse   Amnesty International on Monday [20 December 2001] urged China to free the son of exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer after he said he was...

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Dec 15, 2010

East Turkestan: Appeal for Disclosure of the Information...

Below is an article published by World Uyghur Congress: The World Uyghur Congress calls on the Chinese authorities to immediately disclose these Uyghurs’ whereabouts and to unconditionally release...

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Dec 15, 2010

UNPO And MRG Host Conference At The United Nations...

  Below is a Press Release Issued by UNPO:   A side event co-organized by UNPO and MRG brought together minority representatives, UN officials, experts and academics for an important discussion...

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Dec 09, 2010

East Turkestan: Demonstrations on International...

Below is a press release published by the World Uyghur Congress: On the International Human Rights Day – 10 December 2010 - the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and the East Turkestan Union in Europe...

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Nov 24, 2010

East Turkestan: Will Switzerland remain silent...

Switzerland will shortly be starting negotiations with China designed to produce a free trade agreement, something the Swiss have been eagerly pushing for. swissinfo.ch spoke to Thomas Braunschweig, responsible...

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Nov 19, 2010

East Turkestan: Meshrep Nomination a Strategic...

  Below is a press release published by the World Uyghur Congress:  The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) welcomes the inclusion of the Uyghur meshrep in UNESCO´s List of Intangible Cultural...

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Nov 08, 2010

East Turkestan: Regional Investment Exacerbates...

Below is an article published by the Daily Telegraph: The new Silk Road begins and ends in the bustle of the vast Hualing Wholesale Mall in Urumqi, the desert-ringed capital of Xinjiang Province in the...

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Nov 05, 2010

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Support Tibetan Language...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   Beijing is moving to clamp down on the Internet in northwestern China as ethnic minority Uyghurs express support for protests by Tibetan students...

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Nov 03, 2010

East Turkestan: Uyghur Human Rights Activists...

  Below is a press release  published by World Uyghur Conference:   The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) respectfully urges French President Nicolas Sarkozy and other officials in the French...

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Oct 29, 2010

East Turkestan: Davutoglu says Uyghur region is...

  Below is a press release published by World Bulletin: The communist China changed name of East Turkestan and named it Xinjiang in 1955.

The Uyghur Autonomous Region is the second...

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Oct 28, 2010

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Support Language Prot...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Beijing is moving to clamp down the Internet in northwestern China as ethnic minority Uyghurs express support for protests by Tibetan students...

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Oct 26, 2010

East Turkestan: Uyghur Farmers Protest Land ...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   More than a hundred Uyghur farmers in China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region have protested against high land fees...

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Oct 21, 2010

East Turkestan: Interview With Rebiya Kadeer On...

  Below is an article published by IPS News:   Rebiya Kadeer has taken up a campaign for the rights of a people usually far from world headlines: the Uyghurs, a predominantly Muslim minority...

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Oct 20, 2010

Nonviolent Radical Party Delivers Intervention...

  Below is a press release published by the Nonviolent Radical Party:   On Monday, October 18, 2010, the Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty, an NGO in consultative status...

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Oct 19, 2010

East Turkestan: Turkish Policies Affected by Economic...

Below is an article published by Asian Times Online:                  Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao's official...

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Oct 14, 2010

Tibet & East Turkestan: Chinese Veteran Politicians...

  Below is an article published by BBC News:   A group of 23 Communist Party elders in China has written a letter calling for an end to the country's restrictions on freedom of speech. The...

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Oct 13, 2010

East Turkestan: Guantanamo Uyghurs Adapt To Swiss...

  Below is an article published by InfoSud Human Rights Tribune:   Six months after arriving in Switzerland, two Uyghur former detainees of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp say they are...

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Oct 12, 2010

East Turkestan: Increased Levels of Political...

Below is an article published by People’s Daily Online: Applications for 34 municipal-level cadre positions in northwestern China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region opened Sunday [10 October 2010],...

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Oct 07, 2010

East Turkestan: Ankara to Host Both Rebiya Kadeer...

  Below is an article published by Today’s Zaman:   The President of the World Uyghur Congress, Rebiya Kadeer, said Wednesday she wished to visit Turkey at the same time with Chinese...

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Sep 27, 2010

East Turkestan: Ban On ‘Religious’ Clothi...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   A region-wide policy in northwestern China banning women from wearing long dresses and covering their faces, and men from wearing beards,...

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Sep 16, 2010

East Turkestan: No Passports For Uyghurs

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have imposed travel restrictions on the region's ethnic minorities...

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Sep 15, 2010

East Turkestan: Uyghurs left out of Green Energy...

Below is an article published by Greenfudge.org:   Xinjiang autonomous region is China’s frontier land for renewable energy. China has poured cash into wind energy projects in Xinjiang, fuelling...

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Sep 07, 2010

East Turkestan: One Year On From July 5 and Tensions...

Below is an article published by The New York Times:   The five-star hotels are full, bulldozers are making quick work of dreary slums and billboards for “French-style villas” call out...

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Sep 06, 2010

East Turkestan: One Year On From July 5 and Tensions...

Below is an article published by The New York Times:   The five-star hotels are full, bulldozers are making quick work of dreary slums and billboards for “French-style villas” call out...

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Aug 18, 2010

East Turkestan: Advocate banned from Taiwan

  Below is an article published by the Huffington Post:   The leader of China's ethnic Uyghur minority, Rebiya Kadeer, was recently banned from entering Taiwan for three years. Kadeer, a human...

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Aug 16, 2010

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Aug 12, 2010

East Turkestan: Uyghur Evictee Detained

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   Authorities in Beijing are holding an 84-year-old Uyghur farmer after he traveled to the capital to lodge an official protest over the...

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Aug 10, 2010

East Turkestan: Politics Intrude in Mosque

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   Members of the Uyghur ethnic minority in northwest China have expressed anger and concern about controls over imams after a local Communist...

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Aug 09, 2010

East Turkestan: Activists Jailed for Life for...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:   A court in China has sentenced three people to life in jail for alleged "separatist" offenses, according to a Uyghur woman who said she attended...

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Aug 06, 2010

East Turkestan: Uyghur Writers Silenced

  Below is an article published by The Wall Street Journal:   The sentencing on July 23 of Uighur journalist Gheyret Niyaz to 15 years in prison for endangering state security came as a shock...

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Aug 05, 2010

East Turkestan: Uyghur Witness Of Organ Harvesting...

  Below is an article published by The Epoch Times:   A former member of the Chinese security forces, with highly sensitive information on the state’s practice of harvesting organs...

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Aug 03, 2010

East Turkestan: In Restive Chinese Area, Cameras...

  Below is an article published by the New York Times:   For a street whose name suggests throwing off shackles, South Liberation Road doesn’t look like a very free place these days. At...

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Aug 02, 2010

East Turkestan: China Demolishes Uyghur Housing...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Authorities in Karamay City in China's northwestern Uyghur region have begun demolishing two Uyghur neighborhoods to make way for a new tourist destination—part...

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Jul 30, 2010

East Turkestan: Uyghur American Association Strongly...

  Below is a press release  published by the Uyghur American Association:   The Uyghur American Association (UAA) strongly condemns the recent sentencing of three Uyghur webmasters,...

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Jul 26, 2010

East Turkestan: Uyghur Journalist And Webmaster...

Below is a press release published by the World Uyghur Congress:   According to media reports, Uyghur journalist and webmaster Gheyret Niyaz was sentenced to 15 years in prison today (July 23)...

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Jul 23, 2010

Uyghur: China To Try Journalist For Speaking About...

 Below is an article published by World Bulletin :China will next week try a Uighur journalist and website manager on charges of "endangering state security" after he spoke to foreign journalists...

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Jul 07, 2010

East Turkestan: Repression is Widely Ignored

Below is an article by Carl Gershman, published by the Washington Post:A year ago today, when Chinese police violently suppressed a peaceful protest by the Uighur minority in Urumqi, the capital of the...

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Jul 02, 2010

East Turkestan: China Steps up Surveillance

  Below is an article published by BBC:  The move comes just days before the first anniversary of ethnic violence in Urumqi between the minority Uighur and the majority Han communities.The...

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Jun 30, 2010

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Commemorate the One- year...

Below is a Statement issued by the World Uyghur Congress on June 29th: On July 5, 2010 and in the days surrounding July 5th, Uyghurs in exile and their supporters  around the globe will stage...

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Jun 29, 2010

East Turkestan: Foreign Investment Expected to...

  Below is an article published by Global Times: The State Administration of Industry and Commerce (SAIC) said in a statement that the foreign investment would be injected into almost every sector:...

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Jun 22, 2010

East Turkestan: Chinese 'Re-education' of Pri...

Below is an article from RadioFreeAsia.org China’s prison system commonly subjects detainees to mental torment rather than physical abuse, according to a United Nations special rapporteur, although...

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Jun 21, 2010

East Turkestan: AP Exclusive: Uyghurs Flee China...

  Below is an article published by The Washington Post :   Police came looking for Vali days after bloody ethnic riots broke out in the far west last year, saying they had video footage...

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Jun 16, 2010

East Turkestan: Head of the Organization of the...

  Below is an article published by The Worldbulletin.net: Ihsanoglu will have talks in China and visit regions where Uyghurs  live, according to a statement by OIC Press Center. The press...

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Jun 14, 2010

East Turkestan: Xinjiang Still 'Seething'

  Below is an article published by the Straits Times:  One year after riots in China's Xinjiang, Beijing has reaffirmed policies that have angered Muslims in the region, raising the...

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Jun 10, 2010

East Turkestan: Concerns Raised at UN Human Rights...

  To watch the video of the intervention click here:

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Jun 02, 2010

East Turkestan: D.C. Circuit Deals New Setback...

    Below is an article published by Law.com : A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Friday rejected another attempt by five Chinese Muslim detainees...

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May 17, 2010

East Turkestan: Internet Reopened, But Uyghur...

   Below is an article published by Uyghur American Association: Following today’s [14 May 2010]  announcement in the Chinese state media that “full Internet access”...

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May 12, 2010

East Turkestan: Uyghur Photographer Held, Boss...

 Below is an article published by Eurasia Review : An ethnic Uyghur photographer detained shortly after publishing an anti-Chinese article online has gone missing and appears to be under arrest, according...

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Apr 26, 2010

UNPO Attends Rally for Uyghur People's Human Rights...

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pmLocations and schedule of stops:4:00 pm - 4:30 pm (1st stop/demonstration) In front of 866 UN Plaza (corner of 1st Avenue and East 48th Street)....

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Apr 23, 2010

East Turkestan: Green And Red Don’t Mix: Reflections...

  Below is an article published by The Epoch Times: I write this on April 22—known before 1970 as Lenin’s birthday and since then in America as “Earth Day.” With each...

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Apr 23, 2010

East Turkestan: Chinese Uyghur Muslims Plead In...

  Below is an article published by therawstory:Lawyers for the five remaining Uyghur Chinese Muslims at the Guantanamo prison camp argued in court Thursday that the men should be set free on...

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Apr 20, 2010

East Turkestan: Chinese Authorities Bar Uyghur...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Chinese authorities have barred a leading ethnic Uyghur economist based, in Beijing, from attending an academic conference in Turkey,...

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Apr 19, 2010

East Turkestan: ABC to Screen Controversial D...

  Below is an article published by The SkyReport :The ABC will broadcast a controversial documentary film about the Uyghur activist Rebiya Kadeer, dousing accusations earlier this year that the...

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Apr 13, 2010

East Turkestan: Uyghurs attacked in Kyrgyzsta...

Below an article published by Radio Free Europe : Antigovernment protest actions in Kyrgyzstan's northern town of Tokmok have reportedly escalated into ethnic clashes, RFE/RL's...

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Apr 07, 2010

East Turkestan: Pakistan Uyghurs in Hiding

Omer and Akbar Khan, who co-founded a charity to teach Pakistani Uyghurs their own language in the northern city of Rawalpindi, said they had fled from police after neighbors told them...

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Apr 06, 2010

East Turkestan: Rebiya Kadeer Tells Her Story...

Below is an article published by Periodismo Humano:   El territorio conocido como Khaskaria funcionó como una nación independiente a partir de 1884 y con el nombre...

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Mar 29, 2010

East Turkestan: China Protests Over Uyghur Tr...

 Below is an article published by: Al JazeeraThe two men, who are brothers, were recently resettled in Switzerland after spending eight years in the Guantanamo camp, the US justice department announced...

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Mar 26, 2010

East Turkestan: China Opposition to Swiss Offer...

  Below is an article published by Al Jazeera:The transfer of two ethnic Uighurs from the US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay to Switzerland has triggered an angry reaction from China.The two...

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Mar 25, 2010

East Turkestan: Uyghur Gitmo Detainees Arrive...

 Below is an article published by: The Global Times"The two Uyghurs with Chinese citizenship, who were granted admission for humanitarian reasons by Switzerland, have arrived in canton Jura,"...

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Mar 23, 2010

East Turkestan: International Symposium Calls...

Below is an article published by World Bulletin:  A major international symposium, that gathered in Istanbul over the weekend to discuss the recent situation inside Uyghur region, called...

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Mar 12, 2010

East Turkestan: Chinese Media Warns of More Unrest...

  Below is an article published by Huffington Post: China's state-owned Xinhua News Agency warned this week of a third summer of ethnic clashes in the Muslim Uyghur-dominated autonomous region...

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Mar 09, 2010

East Turkestan: Shadow Summit Brings Human Rights...

Below is an article from Radio Free Europe :The Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance, and Democracy, organized by an international coalition of human rights NGOs, is taking place as a parallel...

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Mar 09, 2010

East Turkestan: Film Celebrating Uyghur Activist...

Below is a press release issued by Amnesty International:   Movies that Matter Festival presents A Matter of ACT, a series of documentaries about human rights defenders  ...

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Mar 05, 2010

East Turkestan: Analyst rips Uighur deportation...

  Below is an article published by Phnom Penh Post: Last minute changes to a sub-decree regulating procedures for screening asylum seekers paved the way for the government’s forced deportation...

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Mar 03, 2010

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Concerned About Continued...

Below is a press release from the Uyghur American Association : Although the use of the term “Chinese Muslim” to describe Uyghurs has decreased somewhat in recent months as...

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Feb 26, 2010

East Turkestan: Claims UN Ignored Uyghur Deportation...

  Below is an article published by ABC News:There are claims the United Nations' refugee agency (UNHCR) ignored repeated warnings about the imminent forced deportation of 20 Uighur asylum...

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Feb 18, 2010

East Turkestan: Petition Calling for Support

Below is an article published by gopetition.com: Dear Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: We, the undersigned, respectfully request that you issue a public statement concerning the grave human rights violations...

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Feb 15, 2010

East Turkestan: China to Try Uyghur Deportees

   Below is an article published by the Pnom Penh Post:China has indicated that the 20 ethnic Uighur asylum seekers who were forcibly deported by Cambodian authorities in December are set...

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Feb 12, 2010

East Turkestan: Finding a Way to Get Online

  Below is an article published by BBC News: It is minus 20C, and China's frigid far west Xinjiang province feels frozen, cut off. On the streets of the capital, Urumqi, people huddle around...

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Feb 11, 2010

East Turkestan: US Ambassador for ASEAN Ends Cambodia...

 Below is an article published by M & C NewsThe US still had no news on the fate of the Uighurs, said Scot Marciel, the US ambassador for ASEAN Affairs, in charge of relations with the 10 members...

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Feb 05, 2010

East Turkestan: Uyghurs' asylum in Switzerland...

   Below is an article published by BBC News:China has criticised a Swiss offer of asylum for two ethnic Uighur Chinese inmates at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay. "The position...

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Feb 04, 2010

East Turkestan : Swiss government accepts Uyghur...

 Below is an article published by: Uyghur American AssociationThe Swiss Federal Council said in an official statement that it made the decision based on humanitarian reasons.  “We welcome...

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Feb 03, 2010

East Turkestan: Interview With Rebiya Kadeer

Below is an article published by IslamOnline.net: In a glass-walled meeting room in an ultra-modern furnished building, just across the street from the White House, a woman in a brown coat and a distinctive...

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Feb 01, 2010

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Returned to China 'Disappear'...

   Below is an article published by BBC News: China must account for the whereabouts of ethnic Uighurs forcibly repatriated from Cambodia, a US-based rights group has said.Human Rights Watch...

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Jan 29, 2010

East Turkestan: Five More People Sentenced To...

Below is an article published by Spero News: Four more Uyghurs have been sentenced to death for their involvement in last July’s riots in the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi. The Chinese government has...

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Jan 27, 2010

East Turkestan: China Sentences Four More Uighurs...

Below is an article published by: World BuletinA Chinese court sentenced four more people to death for their part in bloody ethnic rioting in July last year in Urumqi, the capital of Uighur region, state...

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Jan 25, 2010

East Turkestan: Uyghurs in East Turkistan Suffer...

 Below is an article published by Today’s Zaman : “My wife would not want to remember that tragic event [the loss of an almost full-term baby after a forced fatal injection of drugs into...

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Jan 22, 2010

East Turkestan: Cambodia's deportations ordered...

 Below is an article published by UPI Asia: After decades of isolation due to genocide and political conflict, Cambodia has integrated with regional groups like the Association of Southeast Asian...

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Jan 20, 2010

East Turkestan:Messaging Service Restored In The...

Below is an article published by the World Bulletin: The Chinese government in Uighur region has restored text messaging services, more than six months after violent unrest in Urumqi. Text messages,...

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Jan 15, 2010

East Turkestan: Increased Security Budget Fails...

 Below is a press release from the Uyghur American Association:The Uyghur American Association (UAA) fears that the near doubling of the security budget for East Turkestan, announced today in Chinese...

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Jan 15, 2010

East Turkestan: 2009 - The Uyghur Human Rights...

 Below is an article published by Huffington Post:2009 will be remembered as a watershed year for the Uyghur people of East Turkestan (a region known as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region by the Chinese...

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Jan 12, 2010

East Turkestan: Stateless Pawns in the Global...

    Below is an article published by Huffington Post:   The Witness to Guantanamo Project (W2G) just returned from filming interviews with the Uyghurs in Palau. The project...

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Jan 12, 2010

East Turkestan: China's Soft Power Hardens in...

  Below is an article published by Asia Times: A day after Cambodian authorities spirited 20 ethnic Uighur asylum seekers out of the country on an unmarked charter flight, China's Vice...

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Jan 08, 2010

East Turkestan: China Detains Three for Spreading...

  Below is an article published by Reuters: Police in south China have detained three people for spreading rumours that a group of ethnic Uighurs had been beaten up in a case that has shades...

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Jan 06, 2010

East Turkestan: Kashgar’s Destruction Conti...

Below is an article published by The Australian: If there are still shadows of violence in the Chinese city of Urumqi six month after sectarian riots which saw 197 dead and thousands injured, they stretch...

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Jan 04, 2010

East Turkestan: Turkey's IHH invites Uighurs'...

Below is an article published by World Bulletin:Turkey is preparing an important international human rights organization in March, a Turkish newspaper said. Rebiya Kadeer, leader of the world Uyghur Congress...

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Dec 30, 2009

East Turkestan: Five More Death Sentences Handed...

Below is an article published by AsiaNews.it:Five more Uyghurs have been sentenced to death for their role in protests that broke out in Xinjiang, but Chinese authorities have tried to keep the news from...

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Dec 28, 2009

East Turkestan: More Xinjiang Death Sentences

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: A court in China has handed down death sentences to another five people for their alleged roles in deadly ethnic rioting in Urumqi, capital...

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Dec 22, 2009

East Turkestan: Commentators Join in Condemna...

Below is an article published by the Cambodia Daily:The Cambodian government's decision to furtively deport 20 Uighur asylum seekers to China on Saturday [19 December 2009] brought swift and thundering...

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Dec 21, 2009

East Turkestan: Uighurs' Fate Seen as Stain on...

Below is an article published by: Phnom Penh Post  Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said that 20 Uighurs departed Phnom Penh International Airport at 9pm on Saturday aboard a chartered...

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Dec 21, 2009

East Turkestan: China to Sign 14 Economic Deals...

Below is an article published by: Phnom Penh Post The agreements will include a number of grants and loans, though no details on the total value or the terms were available Sunday. Qian Hai, a spokesman...

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Dec 21, 2009

East Turkestan: EU Condemns Cambodian Extradi...

Below is an article publiched by the Presidency of the European Union:The Presidency of European Union is deeply concerned about the decision by the Cambodian Government to forcibly return a group of ethnic...

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Dec 21, 2009

East Turkestan: Testimonies Tell of Real Fear...

Below is an article published by the Associated Press:Ethnic Uighur asylum-seekers forcibly repatriated over the weekend had warned the U.N. refugee agency they feared long jail terms or even the death...

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Dec 18, 2009

East Turkestan: Pressure over Asylum Seekers

   Below is an article published by IRIN: Aided by an underground network of Christian missionaries, the group covertly crossed China’s southern border into Vietnam and then Cambodia...

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Dec 16, 2009

East Turkestan: Pensioner Indicted over China...

 Below is an article published by The Local: Intelligence agency Säpo arrested the suspect on June 4th [2009] after a lengthy investigation and surveillance period for allegedly gathering information...

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Dec 14, 2009

East Turkestan: Uyghur Christian Sentenced To...

 Below is an article published by Christian Today IndiaChinese Christian, Alimujiang Yimiti, has been sentenced to fifteen years in prison despite his previous detention having been ruled “arbitrary”...

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Dec 10, 2009

East Turkestan: Kadeer Appeals for European A...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:  World Uyghur Congress President Rebiya Kadeer has told RFE/RL she is urging European politicians to focus on the fate of Uyghurs...

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Dec 07, 2009

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Could Get Asylum

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:Cambodia may not repatriate a group of asylum-seekers if they are to face capital punishment in China, a Cambodian spokesman said. Khieu...

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Dec 04, 2009

Statement of Concern: Uyghur Refugees in Cambodia...

 Uyghur Refugees in Cambodia UNPO is deeply concerned about the safety and the possible extradition of 22 Uyghurs currently seeking asylum in Cambodia. Yesterday [3 December...

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Dec 04, 2009

East Turkestan: China Sentences 5 More To Death...

 Below is an article published by The Associated Press: A Chinese court sentenced five more people to death Thursday for killing a police officer with a brick, kicking bystanders to death and other...

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Dec 04, 2009

East Turkestan: Uyghur Protesters Land In Cam...

Below is an article published by The Washington Post:Twenty-two members of a Chinese ethnic group who participated in violent demonstrations against China last summer have surfaced in Cambodia, sparking...

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Dec 02, 2009

East Turkestan: European Parliament Adopts a Resolution...

 Below is an article published by the phayul.com: The European Parliament, on 26 November 2009, adopted a very broad resolution covering the death penalties and life imprisonment sentences handed...

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Dec 01, 2009

East Turkestan: China Releases Uyghur Church Leader...

  Below is an article published by Charisma: House church leader Osman Imin (Wusiman Yaming in Chinese) was freed Nov. 18 [2009], sources said. Authorities had called for a 10- to 15-year prison...

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Nov 27, 2009

East Turkestan: German Police Raid Home of Suspected...

  Below is an article published by DW-World.de: Four men are suspected of spying on the Muslim Uighur community in the southern German city of Munich, one of the largest Uighur communities outside...

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Nov 25, 2009

East Turkestan: China Spying on Uyghur Expat...

Below is an article published by the Spiegel Online:Unlike China's imposing embassy in Berlin, the general consulate in Munich is no symbol of power. The representative office in the Bavarian capital...

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Nov 20, 2009

East Turkestan: Chinese Death Penalty Targets...

 Below is an article published by World Coalition Against Death Penalty:The Chinese authorities recently executed nine people accused of taking part in riots in the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region...

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Nov 19, 2009

East Turkestan: Rebiya Kadeer Addresses U.S. House...

 To download Kadeer's testimony, click here. 

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Nov 17, 2009

Chairwoman Heidi Hautala Laments Uyghur Execu...

   The following statement was published on Heidi Hautala's official website:Chairwoman Hautala has received with great sadness the news that the Chinese authorities have executed on Monday...

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Nov 16, 2009

East Turkestan: China's Hidden Night of State...

 Below is an article published by the Times Online:  POSTERS went up on lampposts and walls all around drab neighbourhoods in the northwestern area of China last week, announcing a series...

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Nov 12, 2009

EU Presidency Condemns Execution of Uyghurs

 Below is a statement published by the Swedish Presidency of the European Union: The European Union condemns the recent executions of nine persons in Xinjiang following the violent protests in...

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Nov 11, 2009

East Turkestan: Battles Over a New Wall

 Below is an article published by MSNBC: Chinese netizen's ire was recently sparked by the Green Dam censoring software that was proposed last summer and the blocking of popular social media pages...

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Nov 10, 2009

East Turkestan: Uyghur American Association Strongly...

  Below is an article published by Uyghur American Association:  The Uyghur American Association (UAA) condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the executions of nine men in Urumchi, the...

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Nov 10, 2009

East Turkestan: US urges China to Conduct Fair...

  Below is an article published by AFP: The United States urged China Monday to ensure transparent and fair trials after Beijing said it executed nine people over ethnically charged violence...

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Nov 09, 2009

Enough is Enough: End Execution Without Fair ...

Today, in a display of absolute disregard for the 2007 United Nations Global Moratorium on the Death Penalty, Beijing executed nine individuals for their roles in the violence that consumed Urumqi in July...

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Nov 06, 2009

East Turkestan: Uyghur Activist Seeks Talks With...

  Below is an article published by Asia Times Online:  Uyghur activist seeks talks with BeijingThe violent incidents stemmed from an incident in June when a brawl broke out between Uyghur...

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Nov 06, 2009

East Turkestan: China Launches "Strike Hard" Campaign...

 Below is an article published by NTDTV:Xinjiang’s capital city, Urumqi, has been rocked by violence twice this year in conflicts between ethnic Uighur, Han Chinese, and armed police. Chinese...

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Nov 05, 2009

East Turkestan: China Replaces "Biased" Uyghur...

  Below is an article published by Uyghur American Association: The Uyghur American Association (UAA) calls for investigation into a report that Uyghur prosecutors initially selected to preside...

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Nov 03, 2009

East Turkestan: Uyghurs in Palau 'Cut Off'

  Below is an article published by RFA:"We haven't been able to talk to our family members yet," Anwar Hasan said in a telephone interview from the Pacific island nation of Palau,...

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Nov 02, 2009

East Turkestan: China Holds Uyghur Journalist...

  Below is an article published by Amnesty International : The organization has called on Chinese authorities to release Hairat Niyaz immediately and unconditionally, or charge him with...

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Oct 30, 2009

East Turkestan: Cut Off From the World

 Below is an article published by Reporters Without Borders:“The discrimination to which Uyghurs have been subjected for decades as regards their freedom of expression and their religious and...

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Oct 28, 2009

East Turkestan: Uighur Film Being Shunned Due...

Below is an article published by Reuters India:As "The 10 Conditions of Love" finishes showing at a Taiwan film festival this week, it lacks new venues as potential takers in Canada, Japan, South...

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Oct 23, 2009

East Turkestan: China Accused of Abuses Against...

   Below is an article published by ABC News:ELEANOR HALL: A human rights group is warning that ethnic tensions in the Uighur region of China are at extreme levels and is calling on the...

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Oct 23, 2009

East Turkestan: Testing Conditions

  Below is an article published by C21 Media: The 10 Conditions of Love, a documentary about exiled Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer, hit headlines worldwide in July, dragging the Melbourne International...

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Oct 21, 2009

East Turkestan: Many 'Missing' After China Ri...

  Below is an article published by BBC News: Human Rights Watch said the 43 men and teenaged boys were taken in police sweeps of Uighur districts of Urumqi, and had since vanished without a trace....

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Oct 21, 2009

East Turkestan: High Court Accepts Guantanamo...

  Below is an article published by CNN: The Supreme Court tentatively agreed Tuesday (20th October) to accept an appeal from a group of native Chinese Muslims who had asked to be released into...

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Oct 20, 2009

East Turkestan: Uyghur Leader Slams Book Fair...

 Below is an article published by Reuters: "It is just not right to welcome a country, where executions are a daily occurrence and human rights are treated with disrespect," Kadeer,...

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Oct 16, 2009

East Turkestan: 6 More Uyghurs Sentenced To Death...

Below is an article published by AsiaNewsIt: Six people today [15 October] received the death sentence, charged with being behind the riots that broke out in Xinjiang last July. Earlier in the week 6 others...

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Oct 15, 2009

East Turkestan: 14 Uyghurs go on Trial after Six...

 Below is an article published by Asia News IT :   The trial of 14 people accused of involvement in ethnic unrest that shook China's far western Xinjiang region in July opened today...

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Oct 14, 2009

East Turkestan: Warning over Uyghur Execution...

  Below is an article published by Al Jazeera: China's sentencing to death of six ethnic Uighurs over July's unrest will only "further enrage" the Uighur people, an exiled...

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Oct 13, 2009

East Turkestan: Activist Keen to Meet with Pr...

   Below is an article published by the New Zealand Herald:"Change can only happen when you change the hearts and minds of those who oppose you," she said as she arrived in Auckland...

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Oct 12, 2009

East Turkestan: Uyghur Activist to Visit New ...

  Below is an article published by the Epoch Times :   “Ms Kadeer will speak on the discrimination and human rights abuses that are being perpetrated against the Uyghur people...

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Oct 06, 2009

East Turkestan: Exiled Uyghur Leader Kadeer Invited...

  Below is an article published by AFP :  Exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer has been invited to speak in New Zealand next week and the government will decide within days whether to...

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Oct 05, 2009

East Turkestan: Taiwan's DPP Criticizes Rebiya’s...

   Below is an article published by The Epoch Times:Taiwan's Minister of the Interior, Jiang Yi-huah announced the denial on Sept. 25 [2009] while speaking to the Legislative Yuan. He...

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Oct 02, 2009

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Are Left Out

Below is an article published by: CASCFENWhile the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) observed the 60th anniversary of its rise to power through a massive parade in Beijing, Uyghurs thousands of miles away...

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Sep 30, 2009

East Turkestan: Censorship and Attacks on Jou...

  Below is an article published by Reporters Without Borders:  “Government security paranoia in the run-up to the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the proclamation of the People’s...

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Sep 28, 2009

East Turkestan: Taiwan To Block Rebiya Kadeer's...

Below is an article published by: ReutersTaiwan will not allow exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer to visit the island as proposed in December, an official said on Friday, a move likely to please rival...

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Sep 28, 2009

East Turkestan: Uyghurs To Leave Guantanamo For...

Below is an article published by: The Associated PressThe Obama administration says at least six, and as many as eight, Chinese Muslims held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will soon leave their island prison...

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Sep 25, 2009

East Turkestan: WFDA Regrets Korea’s Entry Denial...

 Below is a statement by the WFDA, published by the World Uyghur Congress:Mr. Isa, a German citizen, participated in the WFDA Second Biennial Meeting which was held in the Philippines in 2007, with...

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Sep 25, 2009

East Turkestan: Kadeer Plans to Visit Taiwan in...

   Below is an article published by Taiwan News:Kadeer, president of the World Uighur Congress, said she thinks December [2009] will be a more convenient time for her to visit, rather than...

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Sep 24, 2009

East Turkestan: Taiwanese Rocker Invites Uyghur...

      Below is an article published by the WSAV :   A Taiwanese rock musician and activist who supports independence from mainland China has invited exiled Uighur...

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Sep 23, 2009

East Turkestan: Wanting dignity, not ‘norma...

   Below is an article published by Arab News: Ibrahim had just invested in brand new computers and high speed Internet to upgrade his web business when deadly riots between Muslim Uighurs...

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Sep 18, 2009

WUC Secretary General Released

Mr. Dolkun Isa, Secretary General of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) has finally been released from his detention under the supervision of South Korean security forces in Incheon International Airport,...

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Sep 14, 2009

East Turkestan: Hong Kong Rally over Chinese 'Assault'...

  Below is an article published by: BBC News  Journalists have led a march in Hong Kong protesting against alleged police beatings of three reporters covering recent unrest in western China.Demonstrators...

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Sep 11, 2009

East Turkestan: First Guantanamo Uyghurs Agree...

   Below is an article published by Associated Press :   Three Chinese Muslims detained at Guantanamo Bay have formally accepted an offer to take up new lives in the Pacific island...

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Sep 11, 2009

The situation of Uyghurs: Press Conference Mi...

The Situation of Uyghurs: Press Conference minutes, 01-09-09 HH = Heidi Hautala, RK = Rebiya Kadeer HH: Welcome all to this Press Conference. It is my pleasure and honour to present to youRebiya Kadeer....

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Sep 11, 2009

Official Statement released by Ms Rebiya Kade...

Statement by Ms. Rebiya Kadeer, Uyghur democracy leader European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium September 1, 2009 Good morning/afternoon/evening. Before we begin, I would like to thank the organizers....

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Sep 11, 2009

Rebiya Kadeer addresses Human Rights Subcommittee:...

  Minutes of Rebiya Kadeer at the Subcommittee on Human RightsTuesday, 1 September 2009European Parliament, Brussels Heidi HAUTALA: Good morning. Welcome to Rebiya Kadeer. She has been invited to...

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Sep 09, 2009

East Turkestan: Taiwan Festival Hacked Over Uyghur...

  Below is an article published by Politics Inquirer :   Anonymous hackers have attacked a Taiwan film festival over plans to screen a documentary on the US-based leader of China's...

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Sep 08, 2009

East Turkestan: New Zealand To Invite Kadeer

Below is an article published by New Zealand Herald :The Green Party says it will invite exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer to speak in New Zealand - just as China issued a fresh warning to other countries...

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Sep 08, 2009

East Turkestan: Kadeer’s Family Buildings To...

Below is an article published by Reuters :Three buildings owned by the family of exiled Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer in Urumqi will be demolished, Xinhua news agency said, as the Chinese government attempts...

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Sep 07, 2009

East Turkestan: Urumqi Erupts Again, Following...

Below is an article published by Tibetan Review: Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang (East Turkestan) has been hit by a wave of mysterious syringe (hypodermic needle) attacks, prompting demonstrations...

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Sep 07, 2009

European Parliament Press Release on Kadeer’s...

    Below is an article published by the European Parliament :The fate of the Uyghurs, a Turkic ethnic group living in China was under the spotlight in the Parliament this week. Monday (1 September)...

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Sep 04, 2009

East Turkestan: The Need for Security

Below is an article published by the Straits Times :The exiled leader of north-western China's Uighur minority called on Thursday [3 September 2009] for Beijing's regional chief to ensure public...

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Sep 03, 2009

East Turkestan: Turkey Eyes New Investments Opportunities...

  Below is an article published by Todays Zaman: Foreign Trade Minister Zafer Çağlayan has said Turkey expects to make new investments in China's Uyghur Autonomous Region's...

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Sep 03, 2009

East Turkestan: New Protests in Western China...

  Below is an article published by the BBC News:  There have been fresh protests in western China's Xinjiang region, where almost 200 people were killed in ethnic violence in July.A...

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Sep 03, 2009

UNPO Press Release on Kadeer's Hearing at...

Below is a Press Release issued by UNPO: PRESS RELEASE             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ___________________________________________________________________________________ Rebiya...

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Sep 02, 2009

East Turkestan: Turkish Minister Meets Chinese...

  Below is an article published by Worldbulletin.net:Turkish State Minister, who is on a formal visit to China, met on Monday [August 31] with Chinese Prime Minister to discuss killings of Uyghurs,...

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Sep 01, 2009

East Turkestan: Dutch MP Support Statement

Below is a Statement from Harry van Bommel, MP, SP Netherlands:  The Hague, August 31st 2009 The Socialist Party of the Netherlands (SP) is deeply concerned about the violence and unrest in China’s...

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Sep 01, 2009

East Turkestan: Turkey Pressing China

Below is an article published by World Bulletin:Turkish State Minister, who is on a formal visit to China, met on Monday [31 August 2009] Chinese Prime Minister to discuss killings of Uyghurs, state-run...

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Aug 31, 2009

UNCERD Reports on Tibet and East Turkestan

Below is an article published by Human Rights in China :A United Nations expert body said today [28 August 2009] that China must “carefully consider the root causes” of inter-ethnic tensions...

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Aug 31, 2009

UNPO Press Release on Kadeer's Visit to Brussels...

Below is a Press Released issued by UNPO: PRESS RELEASE             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE___________________________________________________________________________________Uyghur...

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Aug 26, 2009

East Turkestan: Uyghur Economist Freed

 Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:A prominent Beijing-based economist and member of China’s Uyghur ethnic minority has been released without charge after he was detained for...

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Aug 25, 2009

East Turkestan: China To Begin Trials on Urumqi...

Below is an article published by the World Bulletin :China is likely to begin trials this week over "deadly riots in Xinjiang" last month [July 2009], with hundreds facing "murder, arson...

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Aug 20, 2009

East Turkestan: Rebiya Kadeer’s Family Removed...

Below is an article published by World Uyghur Congress:The Uyghur American Association (UAA) has learned that, in violation of Chinese law, the children, grandchildren, and siblings of Uyghur democracy...

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Aug 17, 2009

East Turkestan: Organization of the Islamic Conference...

   Below is an article published by WAM Emirates News Agency:   A high-level delegation from the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) led by Ambassador Sayyed Qasem Al-Masri,...

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Aug 13, 2009

East Turkestan: Documentary Screened on Maori...

  Below is an article published by Voxy News:The documentary is the story of exiled Uyghur leader, Rebiya Kadeer. The Uyghur are a Muslim minority with their ancestral home in China's Xinjiang...

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Aug 10, 2009

East Turkestan: China Protests Fail to Stop Screening...

  Below is an article published by Press Trust of India:A controversial documentary on the exiled Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer was screened at an international film festival in Melbourne today...

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Aug 10, 2009

East Turkestan: Kadeer Hopeful for Democracy and...

  Below is an article published by theage.com.au:Exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer says she has always hoped her people could have the kind of freedoms enjoyed by Australians.Ms Kadeer attended...

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Aug 06, 2009

East Turkestan: Palau Deal Close for Uyghurs Guantanamo...

  Below is an article published by Associated Press: Some Chinese Muslims still detained at Guantanamo Bay have overcome reservations about being sent to the remote Pacific nation of Palau, and...

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Aug 06, 2009

Protestors Calls for China to End Discrimination...

   PRESS RELEASE  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PROTESTORS CALL FOR CHINA TO END DISCRIMINATION AND VIOLENCE TOWARDS  ETHNIC UYGHURS    GENEVA, 7 AUGUST 2009Several hundred...

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Aug 05, 2009

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Swept Up in Mass Dete...

 Below is a press release published by Uyghur American Association:Uyghurs swept up in mass detentions as Chinese government steps up rhetoricThe Uyghur American Association (UAA) is concerned...

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Aug 03, 2009

East Turkestan: China Detains 319 More in Uyghur...

   Below is an article published by VOA News: The state-run Xinhua news agency reported Sunday that the suspects were detained in the regional capital, Urumqi, and other parts of Xinjiang...

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Aug 03, 2009

East Turkestan: Iran Urges China to Respect Rights...

  Below is an article published by Fars News Agency: During the meeting with the Chinese Foreign Minister's Special envoy to Iran, Hossein Sheikh al-Islam reminded the Iranian clerics'...

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Aug 03, 2009

East Turkestan: Chinese Hack Film Festival Si...

   Below is an article published by BBC News: Content on the Melbourne International Film Festival site was briefly replaced with the Chinese flag and anti-Kadeer slogans on Saturday,...

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Jul 29, 2009

East Turkestan: Rebiya Kadeer in Japan

   Below is an article published by Asia News:Exiled leader will hold a press conference and might meet lawmakers from Japan’s ruling party. China responds by saying that visit could...

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Jul 27, 2009

East Turkestan: An Old Problem on China's New...

  Below is an article published by The Sunday Times : Had the August 1991 putsch against Mikhail Gorbachev not failed, the riots and death recently seen in Xinjiang could have been taking...

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Jul 27, 2009

East Turkestan: Trial Set for Christian Alimujiang...

 Below is an article published by Christian News Wire: The trial for Uyghur Christian prisoner Alimujiang Yimiti has been set for the morning of July 28. Alimujiang Yimiti has been arbitrarily detained...

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Jul 16, 2009

East Turkestan: Uyghur Scholar's Release Soug...

  Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:Chinese writer Wang Lixiong and his wife, the Tibetan writer Woeser, have launched an online campaign calling for the release of Uyghur economist...

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Jul 16, 2009

East Turkestan: Foreign Journalists Held in China’s...

 Below is an article published by Digital Journal:  Authorities in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region have detained a number of foreign journalists covering the unrest there. Reports...

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Jul 15, 2009

East Turkestan: UAA and WUC condemn Al Qaeda ...

  Below is a press release issued by UPHR: The Uyghur American Association (UAA) and the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) are extremely disturbed by reports that the North African wing of Al Qaeda...

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Jul 15, 2009

East Turkestan: Xinjiang Riots Damage Sino-Turkish...

   Below is an article published by the Financial Times:“The martyrs of East Turkestan are our martyrs,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then mayor of Istanbul, said in 1995 as he inaugurated...

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Jul 13, 2009

East Turkestan: Turkey Calls China's Actions Genocide...

In remarks published by the official Anatolian Agency, Recep Tayyip Erdogan denouncing what he called "savagery" and called on the Chinese government to "give up efforts to assimilate"...

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Jul 09, 2009

East Turkestan: Dalai Lama Speaks Out

    Below ia an article provided by the Tibet Office:  Statement From His Holiness the Dalai Lama I am deeply saddened and concerned with the worsening situation in East Turkestan...

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Jul 09, 2009

East Turkestan: EU Urged to Go Beyond Stateme...

Below is an article written by UNPO : As unrest continued to blight the province of Xinjiang on 7 July 2009, the Presidency of the European Union (EU) issued an official statement expressing its “strong...

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Jul 08, 2009

East Turkestan: Clashes in China Shed Light on...

  Below is an article published by New York Times: Some women glared through their black veils at the paramilitary troops encircling them. Others held identity cards of missing relatives in the...

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Jul 07, 2009

East Turkestan: Kadeer Speaks Out

  Below is a statement issued by Rebiya Kadeer of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and the Uyghur American Association (UAA):Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Today is a very dark day for...

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Jul 01, 2009

East Turkestan: Kashgar Faces Threat Of Bulld...

  Below is an article published by RadioFree Europe: The ancient Silk Road trading hub of Kashgar, in China's northwest Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, is being threatened by an ambitious...

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Jul 01, 2009

East Turkestan: UAA Condemns Killing Of Uyghur...

  Below is an article published by UAA : The Uyghur American Association (UAA) condemns in the strongest possible terms the mob killing of two Uyghur workers and the injuring of many, mostly...

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Jun 30, 2009

East Turkestan: Turkish President Visits

   Below is an article published by World Bulletin: Turkish President Abdullah Gul received Nur Bekri, chairman of the East Turkistan in Urumchi on Monday [29 June 2009] and Wang Lequan,...

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Jun 23, 2009

East Turkestan: Sweden Expels Chinese Diplomat...

  Below is an article published by The Local:The Swedish government has expelled a Chinese diplomat following revelations that the Chinese embassy was allegedly involved in spying on political...

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Jun 17, 2009

East Turkestan: Italy to Take 3 Guantanamo De...

   Below is an article published by chron.com : Italy has agreed to accept three detainees from Guantanamo Bay, President Barack Obama said Monday, as the administration continues its...

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Jun 16, 2009

East Turkestan: UAA Concerned about Comments on...

   Below is a press release published by the Uyghur American Association:June 5, 2009, 4:45 pm ESTContact: Uyghur American Association: +1 (202) 349 1496 The Uyghur American Association...

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Jun 15, 2009

East Turkestan: Four Uyghurs Resettled in Ber...

   Below is an article published by the New York Times:  Almost exactly seven years after arriving at Guantánamo in chains as accused enemy combatants, and four days after their...

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Jun 10, 2009

East Turkestan: Guantánamo Detainees Transfe...

  Below is an article issued by New York Times:The United States has won an agreement to transfer up to 17 Chinese Muslims from the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to Palau, a sparsely...

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Jun 05, 2009

East Turkestan: Kadeer Rejects Chinese Terror...

  Below is an article published by Google News/AFP: WASHINGTON (AFP) — The leader of Uighurs in exile on Wednesday [3 June 2009] voiced "utmost" skepticism after China said it...

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May 14, 2009

East Turkestan: Evidence of Chinese Pressure

 Below is an article published by The Monitor: Newly revealed documents provide a rare glimpse at the diplomatic pressure used by China in its unsuccessful efforts to stop the Swedish government from...

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May 12, 2009

East Turkestan: Protest Over Orchard Sales

   Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Authorities in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang have confirmed a plan to buy back orchards from ethnic minority Uyghur farmers...

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May 11, 2009

East Turkestan: Kadeer Steps up Uyghur Case

  Below is an article published by AFP: It was a summer day in 1999 when Rebiya Kadeer headed for an appointment with US congressional researchers, who had come to the city of Urumqi to probe...

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May 08, 2009

East Turkestan: Freedom House Condemns China,...

  Below is an article published by NewsBlaze:Freedom House condemns Pakistan's recent decision to violate international law by handing over a group of Uighur exiles to the Chinese authorities....

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May 05, 2009

East Turkestan: Berlin Receive US Request on ...

  Below is an article published by the AFP: "I can confirm that a specific request by the United States of America regarding the acceptance of Guantanamo prisoners has been delivered, with names...

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Apr 27, 2009

East Turkestan: Sweden Considers Asylum

   Below is an article published by The Christian Science Monitor:In an odyssey spanning 10 years and three continents, a simple merchant's dream of a better life turned to a nightmare...

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Apr 17, 2009

East Turkestan: China Executes Two Uyghurs

Below is an article published by the BBC :China says it has executed two ethnic Uighur Muslims, sentenced to death last year [2008] on terror-related offences.The pair were found guilty of killing 17 policemen...

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Apr 08, 2009

East Turkestan: Supreme Court Urged to Release...

   Below is an article published by: The Los Angeles Times Lawyers for 17 Chinese Muslims held at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday [8 April...

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Apr 07, 2009

East Turkestan: EU Urged To Facilitate Guantanamo...

   Below is an article published by: Human Rights Watch The European Union should help the Obama administration close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility by accepting some of the detainees...

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Apr 03, 2009

East Turkestan: Kashgar Faces Demolition

   Below is an article originally written in Uyghur by Jilil Musha. Uyghur service director: Dolkun Kamber; written for the Web in English by Luisetta Mudie; Edited by Sarah Jackson-Han...

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Apr 02, 2009

East Turkestan: Gitmo Inmates Discuss Release...

 Below is an article written by Carol Rosenberg and published by the Miami Herald:Obama panel interviews Muslims from China about leaving GuantánamoIn a prison camps first, the Obama administration...

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Mar 30, 2009

East Turkestan: A Letter To Barack Obama

   Below is an article published by: Andy Worthington  There were once 22 Uighur prisoners in Guantánamo. Muslims from China’s oppressed Xinjiang province, they had all...

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Mar 25, 2009

East Turkestan: Ancient Culture Bulldozed Awa...

    Below is an article published by: Washington Post For hundreds of years, Uighur shopkeepers have been selling bread and firewood along the edges of Kashgar's old town to families...

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Mar 18, 2009

East Turkestan: Munich Wants Guantanamo Detai...

    Below is an article published by: The Local The German city of Munich, best known for Bayern Munich, lederhosen and the Oktoberfest beer festival, is also home to the world's largest...

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Mar 17, 2009

East Turkestan: Lengthy Prison Terms

   Below is an article published by: UHRP According to credible Uyghur sources within East Turkestan, also known as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), two Uyghur men in the southern...

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Mar 13, 2009

HRC: The Status of Human Rights in East Turke...

At a side event, run in parallel to the Human Rights Council (currently in session), UNPO East Turkestan Representative, Mr. Isa, spoke representing the World Uyghur Congress (WUC). He delivered a speech...

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Mar 09, 2009

East Turkestan: Indications of an Intensified...

   Below is an article published by: Uyghur American Association The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) is concerned that remarks made on March 6 [2009] by the governor of East Turkestan...

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Feb 27, 2009

East Turkestan: Court Mandates Prolonged Stay

 Below is an article published by: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday [25 February 2009] ruled that 17 Turkic Muslims cleared for release from Guantanamo...

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Feb 25, 2009

East Turkestan: Guantanamo Uyghurs Fate Needs...

    Below is an article published by: AFP A Pentagon report on Monday [23 February 2009] said the US government needed to move quickly to help arrange the transfer of Chinese Uyghurs...

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Feb 24, 2009

East Turkestan: Kashgar Uyghurs Pressured To ...

   Below is an article published by: RFA Authorities in China’s westernmost city of Kashgar are stepping up pressure on government employees to go clean-shaven, and the city’s...

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Feb 19, 2009

East Turkestan: Sweden Accepts Former Detaine...

  Below is an article published by: BBC Sweden has agreed to give asylum to a Chinese Muslim man who was held at Guantanamo Bay for almost five years. The migration court accepted that Adel Hakimjan,...

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Feb 17, 2009

East Turkestan: New Son for Uyghur Woman

  Below is an article written by Radio Free Asia: An ethnic Uyghur woman in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region who avoided a forced abortion after her case drew international attention has...

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Feb 09, 2009

East Turkestan: Munich Accepts Guantanamo Uyg...

   Below is an article published by Easy Bourse: The German city of Munich, home to the biggest community of ethnic Uyghurs outside China, has offered to host the 17 members of the Chinese...

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Feb 09, 2009

East Turkestan: Munich Accepts Guantanamo Uyg...

   Below is an article published by Easy Bourse: The German city of Munich, home to the biggest community of ethnic Uyghurs outside China, has offered to host the 17 members of the Chinese...

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Feb 06, 2009

Uyghurs: Still in Limbo

Below is an article published by: The Vancouver Sun China urged Canada on Thursday [05 February 2009] not to take in up to three members of its Uyghur minority held at Guantanamo Bay, saying the issue...

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Feb 04, 2009

Uyghur: Campaigners in US Seek Immediate Release...

  Below is an article published by: Channel News Asia WASHINGTON: Campaigners in the United States are pushing for the release of 17 Chinese Uighurs who are being held in Guantanamo Bay. The...

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Jan 26, 2009

East Turkestan: Appeal For Release

Below is an article published by: Bloomberg.com Seventeen Chinese Uyghurs being held at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, asked to be released immediately now that President Barack Obama has...

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Jan 12, 2009

East Turkestan: Islamic Council Calls to Host...

  Below is an article published by ABC News: The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils is urging the Federal Government to grant asylum to some former Guantanamo Bay inmates.The Government...

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Jan 09, 2009

East Turkestan: Address Detainee Issue

 Below is an article published by the UNPO: Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Franco Frattini told Italian Newsagency ANSA that the issue of hosting former Guantanamo detainees was raised by Italy...

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Jan 07, 2009

Chinese Stranglehold on East Turkestan

 Below is an article written by UNPO: Almost 1300 people were arrested in the western region of Xinjiang between January and November of 2008 accused of “endangering state security”, of...

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Jan 05, 2009

East Turkestan: Australia Refuses to accept Detainees...

  Below is an article published by the Associated Press: Australia has told the United States for a second time that it will not resettle detainees freed from the Guantanamo Bay military prison...

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Dec 23, 2008

East Turkestan: Germany Accepts, China Reject...

Below is an article published by the International Herald Tribune: […] Germany is considering taking released inmates from the U.S.-run Guantánamo Bay prison camp who refuse or cannot...

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Dec 22, 2008

East Turkestan: More European Calls for Asylu...

  Below is an article published by Deutsche Welle World: The human rights envoy for the German government has urged Berlin to help US President-Elect Obama meet his promise to close the controversial...

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Dec 22, 2008

UPR: China in the UNPO and UN Spotlight

  Findings from a UNPO report have been included in the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of China.The UPR uses submissions from a variety of civil society members,...

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Dec 19, 2008

East Turkestan: Death Sentences Condemned

  Below is an article published by the Uyghur Human Rights Project: The Uyghur American Association (UAA) condemns in the strongest possible terms the sentencing of Abdurahman Azat and Kurbanjan...

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Dec 18, 2008

East Turkestan: No Request Made to Italy

   Below is an article published by Italymag .Italy has not been asked to accept prisoners held in the United States military base at Guantanamo, Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said on...

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Dec 16, 2008

East Turkestan: China Teaching "Ethnic Unity"

 Below is an article published by The International Herald Tribune: Chinese children will study "ethnic unity" from primary school, the Education Ministry said at the end of an Olympic year...

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Dec 12, 2008

East Turkestan: Students 'Beaten by Police'

  Below is an article published by Radio free Asia: Authorities at a top university in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong are in talks with police over the alleged beating of several ethnic...

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Dec 05, 2008

Uyghurs: No Release for Guantanamo Prisoners

  Below is an article published by Alternet.org Pity the Uighurs. Originally known best in this country for their unusual name, the group of 17 Chinese Muslims has been locked up at Guantanamo...

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Nov 26, 2008

East Turkestan: Court Hears Appeal

Below is an article published by the Voice of America A U.S. federal appeals court heard legal arguments on Monday in the case of 17 ethnic Chinese Uighur Muslims held for nearly seven years at the U.S....

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Nov 26, 2008

East Turkestan: China to Build Second Northwest...

Below is an article published by: Radio Australia China says it will spend more than US$17 billion to build a second railway line to northwest Xinjiang region, home of the country's ethnic Uighur population....

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Nov 24, 2008

East Turkestan: US Conservatives for Gitmo Uy...

  Below is an article published by the Associated Press:A group of conservatives is chastising the Bush administration for refusing to free 17 Turkic Muslims being held without charges at Guantanamo...

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Nov 19, 2008

East Turkestan: Uyghur Freed From Forced Abo...

  Below is an article published by ABC News:A six-month pregnant mother of two who faced a forced abortion by Chinese authorities has been freed and allowed to continue her pregnancy, according...

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Nov 14, 2008

East Turkestan: Forced Abortion

  Below is an article by Radio Free Asia: Arzigul Tursun, six months pregnant with her third child, is under guard in a hospital in China's northwestern Xinjiang region, scheduled to...

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Nov 11, 2008

East Turkestan: Violations of Human Rights C...

 Below is an article published by World Bulletin:Beijing delegation chief Li Baodong rejected as "groundless and untrue" concerns raised by activist groups about the reported brutal physical...

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Nov 05, 2008

UNPO and WUC Submit Torture Report on China

UNPO has submitted a joint report with the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) on the implementation of the Convention Against Torture within the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The PRC will go through...

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Nov 03, 2008

East Turkestan: Update on Gitmo Uyghurs

 Below is an article published by the Guardian:Seventeen Chinese prisoners who have been held for nearly seven years in Guantánamo Bay will be informed on Monday [3 November 2008] that they...

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Oct 31, 2008

East Turkestan: A Snapshot

  Below is an article published by The New Statesman: The Id Kah Mosque in the city of Kashgar, in far-western China, is a peaceful and homely place, constructed from wood and with its prayer...

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Oct 28, 2008

East Turkestan: Detention of Uyghurs is a Contradiction...

  Below is an article published by The Jurist:Moazzam Begg [former Guantanamo detainee and spokesman for Cageprisoners]: "Few people outside of western China or the neighboring central Asian...

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Oct 22, 2008

East Turkestan: Kadeer Responds to Terror Cla...

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) is extremely concerned about terror allegations made against eight Uyghur men at an October 21 [2008] briefing by Ministry of Public Security spokesman, Wu Heping....

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Oct 09, 2008

East Turkestan: Order to Free 17 Chinese Uyghurs...

 The government's action was expected yet was a disappointment.  Especially the base was prepared to transfer the men.  When I was leaving the base last night right before the ruling...

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Oct 08, 2008

East Turkestan: Guantanamo Uyghurs Freed

    Below is an article published by the Philadelphia Inquirer:A federal judge ordered yesterday [7 October 2008] that 17 [Uyghur Muslims] held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison...

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Oct 06, 2008

East Turkestan: US Considers Release of Guantanamo...

 Below is an article published by The World Bulletin:A U.S. judge says he's considering the release of a group of Uighur Muslims held for seven years at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention camp....

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Sep 30, 2008

Ramadan – A Time of Repression for Uyghur M...

 Below is an article published by The Associated Press:All that was left on the chin of the Muslim man praying at the huge brownstone mosque was a small patch of stubble. He said officials had forced...

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Sep 18, 2008

East Turkestan: China to Begin ‘Pre-Emptive...

Below is an article published by the World Bulletin:China will conduct a "re-education" drive against Uyghur Muslims in East Turkestan with its Party chief vowing preemptive attacks, Reuters...

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Sep 16, 2008

East Turkestan: The Legacy of the 2008 Olympi...

 Below is an article published by The Epoch Times: The largest gathering of leaders of Asian human rights organizations in the nation’s capital gathered in the Gold Room of the Rayburn...

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Sep 11, 2008

East Turkestan: Kadeer Meets US Secretary of State...

Below is an article published by the Ughur American Association: Ms. Rebiya Kadeer, Uyghur democracy leader, and Mr. Alim Seytoff, Uyghur American Association (UAA) general secretary, have attended...

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Sep 10, 2008

East Turkestan: Kadeer Meets U.S. Secretary of...

Below is an article published by the Ughur American Association:Ms. Rebiya Kadeer, Uyghur democracy leader, and Mr. Alim Seytoff, UAA general secretary, have attended the Iftaar Reception at the U.S. State...

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Sep 08, 2008

East Turkestan: Ramadan Curbs On China’s Muslims...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia : China is stepping up restrictions on its Muslim Uyghur population during the fasting month of Ramadan. Women are being forced to uncover their faces...

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Sep 04, 2008

East Turkestan: Report on the ‘Western Development...

China has been implementing a ‘Western Development Plan’ in East Turkestan since 1999.  The strategy has had disastrous effects on the Uyghur population, displacing them from their own...

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Aug 26, 2008

China: Olympic Success Warrants Human Rights ...

Below is a press release issued by the Uyghur American Association: The Uyghur American Association (UAA) welcomes the successful and peaceful conclusion of the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China on...

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Aug 25, 2008

East Turkestan: Chinese Government Plans “Strike...

Below is an article published by the Uyghur American Association:The Uyghur American Association (UAA) believes that recent comments made by Wang Lequan signal an upcoming period of fierce repression against...

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Aug 20, 2008

East Turkestan: China Planning Crackdown for ...

Below is an article published by the Monster and Critics: A group of exiles from China's Muslim ethnic Uighur minority alleged Tuesday [19 August 2008] that police were planning to crack down on the...

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Aug 15, 2008

East Turkestan: China Steps Up Scrutiny in Be...

Below is an article written by Jake Hooker and published by The New York Times: Every morning at 9 a.m., they are at his door.The police come to the small room the young Uighur cook shares with several...

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Aug 14, 2008

China: Religious Dissident, Arrested in Beijing,...

Below is an article published by the International Herald Tribune: Hua Huiqi, a religious dissident who was detained by the authorities Sunday [10 August 2008] as he made his way to a church service where...

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Aug 11, 2008

East Turkestan: China's Forgotten People

Below is an article published by New Statesman :In the tiny offices of the Uyghur American Association/Uyghur Human Rights Project, our phones have rung off the hook since Monday morning [4 August 2008]....

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Aug 08, 2008

East Turkestan: China's Muslim West Tense Ahead...

Below is an article published by AFP :China's heavily Muslim west was tense on Thursday [7 August 2008] ahead of the Beijing Olympics Games opening ceremony as the authorities vowed to crush any attempt...

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Aug 07, 2008

East Turkestan: China's Muslims Suffering Unjustified...

Below is an article published by Media Monitors :"Amnesty International has documented that, since 2001, “tens of thousands of people are reported to have been detained for investigation in...

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Aug 06, 2008

East Turkestan: China's Uighurs Wary, Worried...

Below is an article published by Washington Post :Fear and caution pervaded the warren of mud-brick homes and shops of this northwestern city's ethnic Uighur neighborhood Tuesday [5 August 2008], a...

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Aug 06, 2008

East Turkestan: April UNPO Conference Serves As...

As the Olympics draw near, UNPO reflects on a leadership training seminar held in Berlin in April 2008 as a notable example of progress made through education, empowerment, and nonviolence. At an event...

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Aug 05, 2008

East Turkestan: Turkic People At Odds With Chinese...

Below is an article published by The Times UK: Chairman Mao towers over Kashgar. At 24 metres (79ft) high, the statue, which stands in the middle of People's Square, is one of the biggest in China....

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Aug 01, 2008

China: Internet Censorship To Remain During O...

Below is an article by Radio Free Europe: The bad press for China continues, as Beijing readies itself for the start of the Summer Olympics, with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) finding...

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Jul 31, 2008

China: Bush meets 5 dissidents from China before...

Below is an article published by International Herald Tribune: President George W. Bush held private talks with five prominent Chinese dissidents on Tuesday [29 July 2008], and urged China's foreign...

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Jul 28, 2008

East Turkestan: Canadian Agency ordered to restore...

Below is an article published by the Globe and Mail: A federal minister moved quickly on the weekend [26 July 2008] to reverse the Canada Revenue Agency decision that cut off benefits to the wife of a...

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Jul 23, 2008

China: Bunker mentality as Beijing readies for...

Below is an article published by the AFP :BEIJING (AFP) — Its ancient city walls were demolished decades ago, but with the Olympic Games fast approaching Beijing is raising a new defence that is...

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Jul 14, 2008

East Turkistan: China Cries Wolf

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) strongly protests Chinese authorities’ recent use of terrorist allegations to justify the persecution of Uyghurs, including the execution and killing of Uyghurs,...

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Jul 14, 2008

East Turkistan: Munich Uyghurs Protest Executions...

  Below is an article by UNPO: In Munich this Saturday, 12 July 2008, Uyghur protestors and supporters gathered together at Karlplatz Stachus, a central and highly touristic part of the city,...

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Jul 11, 2008

East Turkestan: Five Uyghurs killed in Raid

Below is a press release issued by the Uyghur American Association :According to Chinese state media reports, five Uyghurs were shot to death by police in Urumchi, the regional capital of East Turkistan...

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Jul 01, 2008

East Turkestan: US Government is as Mad as a Hatter:...

Below is an article published by Washingtonpost.com:In reversing a military tribunal's determination that a Chinese detainee was an "enemy combatant," a federal appeals court criticized...

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Jun 27, 2008

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Hold Demonstration in...

Below is a press release issued by Human Rights Without Frontiers International: On 25 June 2008 about 150 Uyghurs from various EU countries led by their charismatic leader Rebiya Kadeer gathered...

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Jun 24, 2008

East Turkestan: China Demolishes Mosque

Below is an article published by Ecodiario.es: Chinese authorities in the restive far western region of Xinjiang have demolished a mosque for refusing to put up signs in support of this August's...

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Jun 24, 2008

East Turkestan: Court Overrules Guantanamo He...

Below is an article published by the New York Times: After the first court review of the basis for holding a Guantánamo detainee, the federal appeals court in Washington has overturned the Pentagon’s...

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Jun 19, 2008

East Turkestan: China has Reneged on Media Freedom...

Below is an article published by Reuters: When China applied to host the 2008 Olympic Games, organizers famously pledged complete media freedom, to the general bemusement of rights groups who regularly...

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Jun 18, 2008

East Turkestan: “Harmonious Society”, at What...

As the Olympic torch passes through East Turkestan (also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region), leaving the regional capital of Urumchi today [17 June 2008] and arriving tomorrow in the southern...

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Jun 18, 2008

East Turkestan: Demonstration Scheduled in Br...

Invitation Demonstration for the Rights of the Uyghurs in ChinaWhere?Brussels, Rond-Point Schuman, Rue de la LoiIn front of the European Council and the European Commission buildingsWhen? Wednesday...

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Jun 17, 2008

East Turkestan: Kashgar in Lock-Down for Rela...

Below is an article published by guardian.co.uk: China locked down the far-western city of Kashgar on Tuesday [17 June 2008] in preparation for the passage of the Olympic torch relay through the sensitive...

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Jun 14, 2008

East Turkestan: United States Seeking Celil’s...

The United States has quietly become one of the most aggressive advocates for Huseyin Celil after Washington politicians risked the ire of Beijing and made him the subject of two motions calling for his...

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Jun 13, 2008

China: Beijing Should Learn From Past

Below is an article published by the International Herald Tribune: There has never been a marker on the ground in this area, and had there been, it would have been long ago removed, but through much...

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Jun 04, 2008

China: 19th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square M...

A human rights group has called on China to free more than a hundred detainees still held in Chinese jails over the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests. In a statement marking 19 years since...

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Jun 02, 2008

East Turkestan: UNPO General Assembly Member ...

  IX UNPO General Assembly16 - 17 May 2008, Brussels Belgium Member Resolutionintroduced by:East TurkestanThe UNPO General Assembly;Reiterates its grave concern on the gross and systematic...

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May 31, 2008

East Turkestan: Senator Brown Speaks Out Over...

Below is an article published by the Congressional Record:  Sen. Sherrod Brown's speech after introduction of S. RES. 574 22 May 2008 Congressional Record   Mr. BROWN: Mr. President,...

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May 30, 2008

East Turkestan: Congressional Resolution Seeks...

Below is the resolution published by the United States Library of Congress:   SRES 574 IS  110th CONGRESS 2d Session  S. RES. 574 Expressing the sense of the Senate that...

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May 29, 2008

China: Human Rights Activists Muted

Chinese activists said Tuesday [27 May 2008] that they were harassed by police and warned not to talk to U.S. officials visiting China for the first human rights talks between the two countries in six...

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May 23, 2008

East Turkestan: News Emerges From a Chinese P...

Below is an article written by Omar El Akkad and published by the Globe and Mail: For the first time, imprisoned Canadian Huseyin Celil has spoken out in his own words about his 2½-year ordeal...

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May 09, 2008

East Turkestan: Security Forces Clear A Path For...

Below is an article reported by Agence France-Presse and published by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Rebiya Kadeer, head of the Uighur American Association, said that security forces were...

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May 06, 2008

East Turkestan: Torch Relay Worsens China Cra...

Below is an article published by AFP: The planned route of the Olympic torch through China's restive Xinjiang region is worsening Chinese repression there and should be cancelled, a leader of the...

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May 02, 2008

East Turkestan: An Assimilation Policy of Intimidation...

Below is an article written by Lindsey Hilsum and published by the New Stateman: In the central square, under the gaze of a giant statue of Mao and a grateful peasant, a hundred young people in tracksuits...

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Apr 28, 2008

East Turkestan: China’s Exercise in Assimil...

Below is an article written by Peter Ford and published by the Christian Science Monitor: King Daoud Mehsut of Kucha, 12th in his royal line and the last man still alive in China to have sat on a...

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Apr 25, 2008

Uyghur Leadership Empowerd by Training Semina...

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) together with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and support of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) organized their second leadership training...

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Apr 21, 2008

First Day WUC Training a Great Success

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) together with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and support of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) organized their second leadership training...

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Apr 19, 2008

East Turkestan: China Opportunistic in its Repression...

Below is an article published by Reuters: The two young women trying on headscarves at a dusty market stall have heard of the recent unrest in Tibet's capital Lhasa, but they say the same could...

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Apr 15, 2008

East Turkestan: Faith Smothered By State Secu...

Below is an article written by Michael Ireland and published by Journal Chretien: Alimujiang Yimiti, a Uyghur Christian and father of two, may soon face execution in Xinjiang Province China. China...

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Apr 07, 2008

UNPO & WUC Spearheading Uyghur Leadership...

    At the upcoming 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) above all deserves a gold medal for its constant violation of human rights among its Han population...

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Apr 05, 2008

East Turkestan: 70 Uyghurs Arrested in Kashga...

Below is an article published by Los Angeles Times: Police have arrested 70 people from China's minority Uighur ethnic group in the Silk Road oasis city of Kashgar, fearing trouble when the Olympic...

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Apr 04, 2008

East Turkestan: Istanbul Protestors Detained

Below is an article written by C. Onur Ant and published by the Associated Press: Police detained at least six Uighur Muslims on Thursday [3 April 2008] at an anti-China protest during the Olympic...

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Apr 02, 2008

East Turkestan: Hundreds Arrested After Detention...

Below is an article written in English by Sarah Jackson-Han and published by Radio Free Asia: Several hundred ethnic Uyghurs have staged protests in China’s remote and restive Xinjiang region...

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Mar 31, 2008

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Unlawfully Arrested and...

Below is an article written by Seema Saifee published by Jursit: British historian and journalist Andy Worthington has described Guantánamo as part of “a cruel and misguided response by...

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Mar 29, 2008

East Turkestan: Whereabouts of Prisoner Unkno...

Below is an article written by Omar El Akkad and published by the Globe and Mail: Two years ago yesterday [27 March 2008], a Canadian citizen was arrested in Uzbekistan and was sent to China, where...

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Mar 29, 2008

East Turkestan: Continued Suppression of Uygh...

Below is a Press Release published by Uyghur Human Rights Project: The People’s Republic of China (PRC) Ministry of Public Security has released the name of the woman arrested in a March 7 [2008]...

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Mar 27, 2008

East Turkestan: Uyghur Leaders Supporting Tib...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Exiled leaders of the Uyghur ethnic group, the other large, restive minority in western China, are expressing support for protesting Tibetans, but experts...

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Mar 26, 2008

China: Reminders of Tiananmen Square

Below is an article published by Human Rights Without Frontiers: At the moment when the US inexplicably dropped China from its list of worst human rights violators, the country which hosts this summer's...

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Mar 20, 2008

East Turkestan: Kadeer Expresses Solidarity With...

Victims of tragically similar circumstances, the Uyghur people stand in solidarity with the Tibetans as they face the increasing repression form Chinese authorities.In response to the Chinese authorities’...

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Mar 13, 2008

East Turkestan: US Report Highlights Abuses

A US State Department report on human rights in China documents widespread abuses, so with the evidence should now come the action. Below is a press release issued by the Uyghur American Association: A...

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Mar 11, 2008

East Turkestan: China Fabricates Terror Plot...

Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer accuses China of fabricating alleged plots against the Olympics to blacken her community's name. Below is an article published by Al Jazeera: An exiled leader of China's minority...

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Mar 03, 2008

China: Top Advisors Meet Ahead of Olympics

The Beijing Olympics, rising inflation and a plan to streamline the central government were expected to dominate Monday's opening of China's legislative season. More than 2,200 members of the Chinese...

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Mar 01, 2008

East Turkestan: Tortured and Forgotten

Three Canadian citizen including Huseyin Celil of Uyghur origin have been imprisoned in China, Egypt, and Ethiopia after they were arrested on false charges. Below is an article written by Alex Neve,...

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Mar 01, 2008

China: Minors and Adults Detained

Eleven minors and two adults have been detained by Xinjiang Public Security Bureau officials while attending a House Church Bible Study in Huocheng County, Qingshuihe Township. Below is an article written...

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Feb 29, 2008

East Turkestan: Kadeer Highlights Mistreatme...

Rebiya Kadeer visits Sydney to raise awareness for the Uyghurs of East Turkestan and trying to use this year's Beijing Olympics to turn attention to China's human rights record. Below is an article written...

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Feb 27, 2008

East Turkestan: Demand Shares for Resources

As Uyghurs face economic hardships, they turn towards the Chinese government with demands for shares in the profits from natural resources. Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia: Small groups...

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Feb 21, 2008

China: Open letter to China

An open letter written by MEP Istvan Szent-Ivanyi reminds China's ambassador in Brussels of the European Parliament's calls for urgent progress in the field of human rights Below is an open letter written...

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Feb 11, 2008

China: UK Athletes Forced to Sign Silence Cla...

British athletes now face a gagging clause in their contracts preventing any form of political statement on China and its policies. Below is an article written by Ben Leapman and published by the Daily...

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Feb 11, 2008

East Turkestan: Transferred Women Feed Growth

China’s economic growth is based on women transferred far from home amid a damaging atmosphere of dislocation and intimidation. Below is an article published by the Uyghur Human Rights Project: A...

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Feb 09, 2008

East Turkestan: Suppression Leave Youth in C...

Below is an article published by: Radio Free Asia Chinese curbs on the traditional Muslim culture in East Turkestan have left Uyghur youth in crisis, according to experts and Uyghurs at home and overseas. Chinese...

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Feb 06, 2008

East Turkestan: Gulja Massacre Marked in U.S.

The Uyghur American Association has called on China to launch an inquiry into the massacre and release those still detained. Below is a press release published by the Uyghur American Association: On...

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Jan 22, 2008

China: Netherlands Rules Out Games Boycott

The Netherlands will send athletes to the 2008 Olympic Games despite widespread concerns about existing human rights abuses in China. Below is an article by Hans Andringa from Radio Netherlands: Dutch...

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Jan 18, 2008

East Turkestan: WUC Human Rights Concerns

The World Uyghur Congress and other groups are urging Britain's leader to raise human rights concerns during his visit to China. Below is an article reported by Ben Blanchard with editing by Bill Tarrant...

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Dec 21, 2007

China: Resolution Places Human Rights At Cen...

The European Parliament has passed a resolution that criticizes China for not addressing its human rights situation, especially in East Turkestan and Tibet, and urges the European Commission to take a...

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Dec 20, 2007

UNPO Appeals for Release of Political Prison...

UNPO has appealed to President Hu Jintao of China to immediately release the sons of human rights activist Rebiya Kadeer, as at least one of them is suffering severe physical abuse and is now in a critical...

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Dec 12, 2007

East Turkestan: First Hajj Campaign a Succes...

This year again, large numbers of China’s Muslims will not be allowed to conduct the pilgrimage to Mecca. One of the five pillars of Islam, the Hajj is a fundamental duty for all able-bodied Muslims,...

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Nov 28, 2007

East Turkestan: Refugee To Settle in Sweden?

After being released from Guantanamo Bay and living an isolated life in Albania, a Uyghur refugee will most likely be allowed to settle with other family members in Sweden, finally ending an ordeal that...

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Nov 26, 2007

Rebiya Kadeer: China Not Living Up To Its Olympic...

As the 2008 Olympics near, Uyghur human rights activist Rebiya Kadeer has spoken out against the continued oppression by Chinese authorities, who consistently carry out arrests and executions without supplying...

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Nov 23, 2007

East Turkestan: Road to Mecca Blocked

Chinese officials have imposed severe restrictions on Uyghur muslims intending to conduct the Hajj, effectively ‘screening’ for pilgrims that the authorities deem suitable. Below is an article...

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Nov 22, 2007

East Turkestan: More Visible as Under More P...

As the race for the 2008 Beijing Olympics is speeding up, Uyghurs minority are facing both increased international visibility and rising pressure from Chinese authorities. Below is an excerpt published...

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Nov 01, 2007

East Turkestan: Rebiya at US Congress

Uyghur human rights activist Rebiya Kadeer has spoken at the US Congress to highlight the forced movement of young Uyghur women to eastern China, with many ending up in forced prostitution. Below is an...

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Nov 01, 2007

Hajj Campaign 2007

Chinese Muslims Still Cannot Make it to Mecca The Hague, 10 December 2007 – China turns a deaf ear to an appeal sent by human rights organizations and members of the European Parliament on the right...

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Oct 30, 2007

East Turkestan: Tales from Rebiya Kadeer

Rebiya Kadeer, a Uyghur activist, speaks about the ongoing treatment of her people in China, with the threat of planned transmigration and the disappearance of the Uyghur culture ever increasing. Below...

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Oct 19, 2007

East Turkestan: No Hadj, You May Get Trample...

Beijing has explained its restrictions on the Hadj by stating it is a very dangerous undertaking, with high risks of being trampled, though a more likely explanation is that Beijing simply cannot control...

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Oct 18, 2007

East Turkestan: Dutch Parliament Petitioned

On 16 October 2007 UNPO was invited by Stichting Oost-Turkestan, a Netherlands-based NGO campaigning for Uyghur human rights, to attend the delivery of a report regarding human rights abuses in China to...

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Oct 17, 2007

East Turkestan: China Using Terrorism As Exc...

Since September 11th, Beijing has used the "war on terror" as an opportunity to crack down on dissent in East Turkestan, arresting activists and intimidating their families. Below is a press...

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Sep 27, 2007

East Turkestan: What Goes for Tibet, Goes for...

With the appointment of a new bishop and the controversy over government ‘approval’ of future Lamas, it may be easy to forget that China’s significant Muslim population suffers from similar...

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Sep 19, 2007

East Turkestan: US Congress Back Uyghurs

In a welcome move, the House of Representatives has passed a resolution urging China to release the children of Uyghur human rights activist Rebiya Kadeer, and to drastically improve its human rights record. Below...

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Sep 05, 2007

East Turkestan: Hope Gone for Prisoner?

There are fears that an ethnic Uyghur with Canadian citizenship, currently sentenced to life imprisonment in China, has lost his appeals against the judgment. Below are extracts from an article published...

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Aug 28, 2007

East Turkestan: Exiles Appeal for ‘Explicit’...

In anticipation of her visit to China this week, the World Uighur Congress has pleaded Merkel to adopt a firm stance towards human rights abuses in East Turkestan. Below is an article published by Asia-Pacific...

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Aug 23, 2007

China: Pressure to Address Human Rights Issu...

Despite attempts to avoid the ‘politicisation’ of the Olympic Games, rights groups urge China not to hide from its promise to improve its human rights record. [Read UNPO response to IOC attempts...

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Aug 21, 2007

East Turkestan: Detainees in Limbo

Recent reports have revealed that also Canada and New Zealand have refused to resettle Uyghurs detained at Guantanamo Bay, long cleared for release but unable to find a safe home.   Below is an article...

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Aug 16, 2007

East Turkestan: SCO Suppression Exercise

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s latest exercise, codenamed Peace Mission 2007, is not as peaceful as its name would suggest, with reports detailing further suppression of Uyghurs. Below...

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Aug 10, 2007

East Turkestan: Exercise is Intimidation

A joint military exercise by the members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is to be held in East Turkestan for the first time, suggesting it is directed in part at controlling the local population. Below...

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Aug 02, 2007

China: Free Reporting Fails in China

Despite Beijing's pledge and new rules to allow free reporting from China, foreign journalists still experience intimidation, harassment and arrest, according to a new report. Below is an article written...

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Jul 12, 2007

East Turkestan: Girls Forced into Labour

Uyghur girls and younger women are offered training programmes by Chinese officials and then reportedly forced into “slave” labour far from home. Below are extracts of an article published...

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Jul 10, 2007

East Turkestan: Kazakhstan No Longer Safe Hav...

As co-operation between Kazakhstan and China increases, Uyghurs seeking refuge in this country find themselves in an ever more precarious situation. Below is an article written by Natalia Antelava and...

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Jun 29, 2007

East Turkestan: Systematic Passport Confiscat...

Chinese authorities have started a systematic passport confiscation for Muslim citizens in East Turkestan thus preventing them from making their annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Below is an article written...

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Jun 26, 2007

East Turkestan: Forced Return Meets Resistan...

Amnesty International has opposed Pakistan’s consideration of the forceful return of 22 Uyghurs to China, underlining that they face serious human rights violations upon their return. Below is an...

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Jun 11, 2007

East Turkestan: In Limbo after Guantanamo

Men from Uyghur’s ethnic minority who still live in a refugee camp in Albania have no place to go and settle down after they were freed from their confinement in Guantanamo more than one year ago. Below...

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Jun 08, 2007

China: Campaign of Repression Disclosed

On a visit to Canada, Chen Yonglin, former First Secretary of the Chinese Consulate in Sydney, has disclosed information on China’s repression of minorities and human rights defenders. Below are...

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Jun 07, 2007

East Turkestan: George Bush Meets Rebiya Kad...

US President George W. Bush has reiterated his support for Uyghur rights as he met with Ms. Rebiya Kadeer in Prague. Below is an article written published by the Uyghur American Association: US President...

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Jun 06, 2007

East Turkestan: Message to the Group of Eigh...

As the Group of Eight meets in Germany, the World Uyghur Congress has asked heads of state to address China’s record on human rights. Below are extracts from an article published by The Financial...

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May 07, 2007

Nominate Rebiya Kadeer for the Nobel Peace P...

As the People’s Republic of China prepares to stage the Olympic Games in 2008 it is in the process of constructing an international image that does reflect the reality of life within its borders....

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May 06, 2007

Uyghur Leadership Seminar

Leadership Seminar outlines new avenues for Uyghur human rights activists The Hague/Brussels, 6 - 10 May 2007:  The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization...

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May 02, 2007

East Turkestan: Canadians Demand Contact with...

During his visit to Beijing, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay has demanded information about the treatment of Canadian Uyghur activist Huseyin Celil serving a life sentence in a Chinese jail. Below...

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Apr 26, 2007

China: China Boom

Recent reports suggest China’s minority groups are failing to benefit from the growing economy, to the detriment of indigenous cultures such as Uyghurs, Mongols and Tibetans.  Below is an...

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Apr 20, 2007

East Turkestan: Activist Jailed for Life

Below is an article published by The Age: China has jailed a Uighur-Canadian for life for separatism and terrorism and warned Canada not to get involved. The Intermediate People's Court in Urumqi, capital...

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Apr 18, 2007

East Turkestan: Kadeer Son to be Jailed

Below is an excerpt from an article written by Gillian Wong published by Forbes: The son of a prominent U.S.-based Chinese Muslim activist was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in prison on subversion charges,...

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Apr 11, 2007

East Turkestan: Kadeers Son Persecuted

Below is an article by Uyghur American Association: According to information received by the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), a Working Group has been established to oversee the liquidation of the...

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Apr 05, 2007

China: Foreign Journalists Face Restrictions

Below is an article published by Around the Rings: IOC [International Olympic Committee] President, Jacques Rogge, claimed last weekend that next year's Beijing Olympic Games "will contribute to...

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Apr 04, 2007

East Turkestan: HR in Central Asia Highlight...

Below is an excerpt from an article published by Amnesty International: Amnesty International is concerned that despite professed efforts by the governments in Central Asia to fulfil [fulfill] their human...

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Apr 03, 2007

East Turkestan: Detained Activist Seeks Just...

Below is an excerpt from an article written by Sharon Boase published by The Hamilton Spectator: Standing in the chilly rain, Kamila Telendibaeva vows through chattering teeth that she'll fight to free...

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Apr 02, 2007

East Turkestan: Forced Labor a Growing Concer...

Below is an article published by Free Radio Asia: Chinese authorities in the northwestern Xinjiang region are forcing tens of thousands of ethnic Uyghurs into producing almonds for the county government...

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Mar 06, 2007

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Detained Over Poster

Below is an article that was published on the Radio Free Asia website. A resident from Terem village in Yopurgha county, whose initial sentence was marred by noise on the phone line, said the poster “was...

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Feb 09, 2007

East Turkestan: Activist Executed

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia; WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 — Chinese authorities in the far-west city of Urumqi today executed an ethnic Uyghur man for allegedly attempting to “split...

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Feb 09, 2007

East Turkestan: Execution Sparks Concern

Below is an article published by the World Uyghur Congress: The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) expresses its deep concern over the execution of Ismail Semed, who was convicted nearly two years ago for "attempting...

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Feb 07, 2007

East Turkestan: Commemorating Gulja

Rebiya Kadeer, President of the World Uyghur Congress and UNPO Member Representative has strived to highlight the issue of the suffering of the Uyghur population caused by the oppression by the Chinese...

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Feb 07, 2007

East Turkestan: Protest Marks Massacre

Below is an article published by Media With a Conscience News; Dozens of exiled Uighur Muslims have protested outside China’s embassy in Washington DC on the 10th anniversary of a massacre that...

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Jan 31, 2007

East Turkestan: Detention at Guantanamo Cond...

Below is an article written by R. Jeffrey Smith and Julie Tate published by The Washington Post: Chinese Uighurs who have been imprisoned for the past month at a new state-of-the-art detention camp at...

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Jan 24, 2007

European Parliament Debates Human Rights in C...

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have questioned once again China’s treatment and suppression of its minority populations, in particular the Uyghur population of East Turkestan. China has...

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Jan 22, 2007

East Turkestan: UNPO Issues Appeal

UNPO appeals to China to halt their recent detention, unlawful prosecution and inhuman treatment of three Uyghur community members, all of whom are sons of Rebiya Kadeer. UNPO has received reports of...

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Jan 19, 2007

UNPO Appeals to Halt the Detention and Prosecution...

UNPO appeals to China to halt their recent detention, unlawful prosecution and inhuman treatment of three Uyghur community members, all of whom are sons of Rebiya Kadeer. UNPO has received reports of...

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Jan 17, 2007

East Turkestan: Kadeer Interviewed by VOA

Ms. Rebiya Kadeer, leader of the Uyghur people and president of World Uyghur Congress, was interviewed by Voice of America (VOA) Chinese Service in its program “Issues and Opinion” on 10 January...

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Jan 12, 2007

East Turkestan: Guantanamo Uyghurs' Strange ...

Below is an article written by Neil Arun and published by BBC News; Sipping orange juice before their midday prayers sit three men once treated as terrorists by two of the world's most powerful nations. Ahmed...

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Jan 12, 2007

East Turkestan: Massacre Remembered

Below is a Press Release issued by the Uyghur American Association; A decade on, the Ghulja Massacre is yet to be redressed On Monday February 5, 2007 between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm, members of the Uyghur...

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Jan 09, 2007

East Turkestan: Claims of Uyghur Terrorism Still...

Below is a Press Release issued by the Uyghur American Association; China’s official news agency reported on January 8 that police in East Turkistan (designated as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous...

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Jan 03, 2007

East Turkestan: Uyghurs Peeved At Denial of Share...

Below is an article published by Gulfnews: Tuyoq is a sleepy village of grape-growers strung along a stream trickling out of the arid mountains in China's remote northwestern Xinjiang region; its main...

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Dec 21, 2006

East Turkestan: Turkmen President Niyazov Dies...

Below is an article published by the Guardian Unlimited:   Saparmurat Niyazov, the authoritarian president of energy-rich Turkmenistan who created an elaborate personality cult during more than...

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Dec 19, 2006

Canada: China's Muse on Ethnic Issue

BEIJING -- Faced with mounting inequality and rising street protests, China is turning to Canada as a source of ideas on how to defuse ethnic conflicts and build a social safety net. At a conference...

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Dec 14, 2006

East Turkestan: China Warns of Security Threa...

China must step up its awareness of security risks and improve strategies for protecting national security in the face of non-traditional threats, the official Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday. The...

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Dec 05, 2006

East-Turkestan: Lawyers Demand Release Guantanamo...

Attorneys for a group of Chinese Muslims held for nearly five years in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, filed suit asking that the men be released immediately and alleging that they have...

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Nov 30, 2006

East Turkestan: Condemnation Over Sentencing Of...

The family of Rebiya Kadeer, a leading activist of China's Uyghur Muslim minority, is being devastated by court cases in China. Kadeer, 59, now lives in exile in the United States, but her three sons...

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Nov 28, 2006

East Turkestan: Persecution of Family of World...

Rebiya Kadeer (pictured left with UNPO General Secretary Mr. Busdachin) has recently been elected President of the World Uyghur Congress. Below is an article published by the Uyghur Human Rights Project...

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Nov 27, 2006

East Turkestan: Canada Pushes Beijing on Human...

Below is an article by Rowan Callick published by The Australian: UNDER the former Liberal government of Paul Martin, Canada was for a long time out of step with the rest of the Anglosphere on international...

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Nov 27, 2006

Human Rights Activists in Iran Appeal on Evin...

Below is a joint appeal to Human Rights Organizations worldwide by Human Rights Activists in Iran (H.R.A.I), the Committee Defense for Human Rights in north-west of Iran (H.RN.W.I), the Kurdish Human Rights...

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Nov 27, 2006

East Turkestan: Speech by President of World...

  World Uyghur Congress II General Assembly Munich, 24 November 2006   Opening Plenary Session Welcoming Remarks By Erkin Alptekin President of World Uyghur Congress   Honorable...

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Nov 24, 2006

East Turkestan: World Uyghur Congress Holds II...

Below is a press release issued by the World Uyghur Congress announcing their recently concluded II General Assembly, held between 24 and 27 November 2006 in Munich, Germany. Munich - The World Uyghur...

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Nov 22, 2006

East Turkestan: Ottawa Expecting Beijing 'to...

Below Is An Article By Omar El Akkad Published On The Globeandmail’s Website : Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay said yesterday the federal government has been given assurances that a Canadian...

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Nov 21, 2006

East Turkestan: “Important First Step” for...

Below is an extract from an article written by Tobi Cohen, and published by Canadian Press: It was brief and unofficial, but those fighting for the release of a Canadian man jailed in China are calling...

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Nov 20, 2006

East Turkestan: UNHCR Concerned by Disappearance...

Below is an extract from an article published by the United Nations News Centre: The United Nations refugee agency today expressed deep concern over the fate of a Chinese Uighur asylum seeker in Kazakhstan...

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Nov 20, 2006

East Turkestan: Muslim Voices Rising in Chin...

Below is an extract from an article written by Jehangir S. Pocha, and published by The Boston Globe: HETIAN, China - On a recent Friday, the holy day of Islam, crowds swelled inside the antique Jame...

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Nov 17, 2006

East Turkestan: Praise for Canada’s Stance...

Below is a press release of the Uyghur American Association published on their Website: November 17, 2006 Uyghur American Association Rebiya Kadeer, president of the Uyghur American Association (UAA),...

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Nov 06, 2006

East Turkestan: China Pipeline Raises Ethnic...

Below is an abstract of an article published by the New York Times on the impact, on ethnic minorities, of natural resources’ extraction by Chinese central Government.   Oil and natural gas...

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Nov 03, 2006

East Turkestan: Rebiya Kadeer Urges Norway to...

Oslo- An exiled Chinese human rights activist urged Norway to boycott the upcoming 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, reports said Thursday. "I hope the Norwegian Olympic Committee will say that it cannot...

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Nov 01, 2006

East Turkestan: UNPO VIII GA Adopts Resolution...

  A central component of the VIII UNPO General Assembly, held this year in Taipei, Taiwan, from 27 – 29 October, was to facilitate the discussion of specific problems facing UNPO Members, as...

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Oct 26, 2006

East Turkestan: Woman Champions Rights for Ethnic...

Rebiya Kadeer is a former delegate to the Chinese National People's Congress and a member of the country's large Turkic minority group known as the Uighurs. Last year, after six years of imprisonment in...

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Oct 20, 2006

East Turkestan: Canada not Protecting Its Ow...

Below is an article published under the Uyghur American Association’s describing the fate of a Canadian Citizen allegedly held in custody by the Chinese forces under charges of terrorism: The CBC's...

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Oct 18, 2006

East Turkestan: China Defends Control over R...

China defended its crackdown against Muslim Uighur activists in its far-northwestern region of Xinjiang yesterday, saying they were using religion as an excuse to foment separatism. China has waged a...

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Oct 16, 2006

East Turkestan: Kadeer Seeks Help of Nobel Peace...

US-based Chinese dissident Rebiya Kadeer yesterday asked Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed Yunus to help introduce his successful poverty eradication concept among minority Uighur Muslims in China. "I...

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Oct 12, 2006

East Turkestan: Defending a Dissident’s Right...

WASHINGTON - Right here in Northern Virginia, foreign agents seek to intimidate a Chinese dissident nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. But 58-year-old Rebiya Kadeer, a former national parliament member...

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Oct 11, 2006

East Turkestan: Nobel Nomination Highlights Uyghur...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ethnic Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer expressed satisfaction on Friday that her nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize had focused global attention on her people's struggle...

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Oct 10, 2006

East Turkestan: Uyghur People Persecuted under...

Washington (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Rebiya Kadeer, human rights activist of the Uighurs, says her nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize has drawn world attention to Beijing’s oppression of her...

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Oct 04, 2006

East Turkestan: China Keeps Limits on Celebration...

Beijing - A bare-chested Chinese man glanced through a restaurant window at three women in headscarves as he ambled, under the midday sun, through an alley near Beijing’s 500-year-old Dongsi Mosque. Although...

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Oct 03, 2006

East Turkestan: Chinese Muslims Press for Saudi...

ISLAMABAD - Shouting Koranic verses, hundreds of Chinese Muslims protested in front of the Saudi embassy in Pakistan on Monday, seeking visas so that they can join the annual Haj pilgrimage to Islam’s...

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Sep 27, 2006

East Turkestan: Nobel Nominee Speaks on Campu...

As Rebiye Kadeer walked into the lecture room where members of her audience watched and smiled, she held both hands to her heart. It was only a year and a half ago in a Chinese prison that she was forbidden...

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Sep 26, 2006

East Turkestan: China Warns Norway not to Award...

Oslo, September 22 - The Chinese authorities have warned Norway that relations between the two countries would suffer if Norway awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese human rights activist Rebiya Kadeer,...

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Sep 21, 2006

East Turkestan: Pilgrims Denied Saudi Visas...

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) has learned that several thousand Uyghurs in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, have been refused visas to travel to Saudi Arabia to participate in a religious pilgrimage, apparently...

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Sep 15, 2006

East Turkestan: Lack of Evidence Undermine China’s...

In late August 2006, the Chinese authorities claimed that security forces in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), also known as East Turkistan, have seized over 41 metric tons (45 tons) of explosives...

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Sep 14, 2006

East Turkestan: European Commission has ‘Strong...

A report recently published by UNPO draws attention to the detention and abuse of the children of prominent Uyghur leader and human rights activist Rebiya Kadeer. Ms. Kadeer, recently nominated for the...

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Sep 13, 2006

East Turkestan: The Uyghur People Mourn 9/11

It has been five years since the world was changed by the events of 9/11, events which continue to have repercussions for people everywhere, not least the families of the people who were killed on that...

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Sep 13, 2006

UNPO Welcomes Kadeer Nobel Prize Nomination

The Hague, 13 September 2006 - The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) welcomes the nomination of prominent Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer for the Nobel Prize, made by Swedish parliamentarian...

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Sep 12, 2006

East Turkestan: Guantánamo Detainees in Cou...

WASHINGTON - September 11 - This morning, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) challenged the orders staying the cases of a dozen Guantánamo detainees in the D.C. Circuit Court. All of the...

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Sep 10, 2006

East Turkestan: From Unknown to Nobel Nominee

China counted on Rebiya Kadeer, a Muslim businesswoman-turned-activist, fading into political irrelevance like most exiled Chinese dissidents when she left for the United States last year. But it may have...

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Aug 24, 2006

East Turkestan: Notices Show Religious Activity...

Four official notices on display in a mosque in China's north-western Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region starkly reveal the impact on religious freedom of tensions in the region. The document are displayed...

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Aug 16, 2006

East Turkestan: Strict Control of China's Uighur...

Below is a press release from Forum 18 In China's north-western Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, control over Muslim religious believers is much stricter than over believers of other religions, Forum...

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Aug 15, 2006

East Turkestan: Whereabouts of Rafto Laureate's...

Below is a press release by the Rafto Foundation expressing its deep concern about the situation of Rafto Laureate Rebiya Kadeer's children On May 29th Rebiya Kadeer's son Ablikim Abdureyim was arrested...

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Aug 10, 2006

East Turkestan: China Denies Execution of Canadian-Uyghur...

China today denied reports that it is about to execute a Canadian-Uyghur activist recently deported to the country from Uzbekistan. In a written statement, the Foreign Ministry said no verdict has yet...

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Aug 09, 2006

East Turkestan: Canadian to be Executed in C...

Canadian Huseyin Celil's sister in China called the imprisoned man's wife in Burlington, Ont. earlier last week, saying he was being held in a prison in western China and could be executed by Aug....

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Aug 08, 2006

East Turkestan: China and Russia Request Extradition...

China has reiterated the request for extradition of five Chinese Muslims released from Guantanamo Bay and now in Albania, but this time Russia backed the request. According to Albanian media, the request...

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Aug 07, 2006

East Turkestan: Canadian Held in China Facing...

A Canadian being held in a Chinese prison could be executed as early as next week, his wife says, and she is pleading for help from Ottawa. Kamila Talendibaeva of Burlington, Ont., said her husband, Huseyin...

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Aug 02, 2006

East Turkestan: China Urges Albania to Hand Over...

Media in Tirana say Chinese Foreign Ministry urged Albania last weekend to hand over the five East Turkistan terrorist suspects rather than give them political asylum. There has been no official response...

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Jul 18, 2006

Uyghur Asylum Seeker Extradited from Germany

On 13 July 2006 the German authorities forcibly deported the 42-year-old Uyghur asylum seeker Mr. Muhtar Tiliwaldi, to China. At 12am the detainee was accompanied by two police from a holding centre for...

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Jul 17, 2006

East Turkestan: China Accused of Torturing Exiled...

An international human rights group says the son of exiled Muslim rights activist Rabiya Kadir has been tortured and forced to confess to attempts to separate the Uyghur Muslim Xinjiang region from China. Amnesty...

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Jul 07, 2006

East Turkestan: Kyrgyz Uyghurs Protest at Chinese...

Representatives of ethnic Uyghurs living in Kyrgyzstan today demonstrated in front of the Chinese Embassy in Bishkek to demand the release of an ethnic Uyghur held in a Chinese jail. Huseyin Celil,...

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Jul 03, 2006

East Turkestan: Uzbekistan Deports Canadian Activist...

Uzbekistan confirmed on Friday it had deported to China a Canadian rights activist an ethnic Uighur accused of terrorism by Beijing despite calls from Ottawa for his return, Reuters news agency reports. Huseyincan...

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Jun 30, 2006

East Turkestan: Canada Presses China over Deported...

Canada is pressing China to reveal what it has done with a Canadian citizen who is also a member of the Muslim Uighur minority, Canada's foreign ministry said on Wednesday. Huseyincan Celil, who friends...

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Apr 19, 2006

East Turkestan: US Detainees No Threat, but Lose...

Compared with most other detainees at the US Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Abu Bakker Qassim and Adel Abdu al-Hakim have a strong argument for why they should be immediately...

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Apr 18, 2006

East Turkestan: Guantanamo Appeal Rejected

The US Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by two Chinese Muslims who are seeking release from the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba. The judges declined to hear their...

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Apr 12, 2006

East Turkestan: Bush Urged to Secure Chinese Dissident's...

More than 100 U.S. congressmen have urged President George W. Bush to help secure the release of a jailed Chinese democracy campaigner when Chinese President Hu Jintao visits Washington...

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Mar 28, 2006

East Turkestan: America Seeking to Block Appeal...

The Bush administration is asking the Supreme Court to refuse to hear an unusual petition brought by two Muslims from China who are being held at Guantanamo Bay despite the American military's...

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Mar 24, 2006

East Turkestan: Impact of Detainee Act Debated...

Bush administration lawyers argued yesterday that a new law forces the dismissal of more than 200 lawsuits filed in federal courts on behalf of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, urging a...

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Mar 16, 2006

East Turkestan: First Anniversary of Rebiya Kadeer's...

March 16 marks the first anniversary of Rebiya Kadeer's release from Chinese prison. During Kadeer's first year in freedom we have experienced increased international awareness on the plight of...

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Mar 08, 2006

East Turkestan: Uyghurs in Guantanamo Fear Transfer...

The prisoner from a western region of China faced serious accusations as he appeared before a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay. But he had a much more pressing issue on his mind: Where he might...

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Mar 01, 2006

East Turkestan: China Ratifies UN Convention Against...

Chinese lawmakers on Tuesday ratified an international convention to fight financing of terrorism, adding to the legal arsenal China may use to fight the unrest it says threatens its west. The...

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Feb 27, 2006

East Turkestan: Turkey-Based Publisher Keeps Uyghur...

A modest publishing house in Turkey is increasingly keeping the Uyghur language and culture alive from its place of exile, sending out volumes of poetry, history, and Islamic scholarship...

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Feb 15, 2006

East Turkestan: Account of Lawyer Who Sided With...

The US won't release the Chinese Muslims being held illegally at Guantanamo Bay and Sabin Willett can't let them go either. He found his way to the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York,...

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Feb 13, 2006

East Turkestan: Innocent, but in Limbo at Gua...

Five Muslim detainees from China's western Xinjiang province are stranded in a legal no man's land at the US terrorism prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Even the US military has found...

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Feb 07, 2006

East Turkestan: China Bans Officials, State Employees,...

HONG KONG—Chinese authorities have tightened curbs on minority Muslims in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, banning any government officials, state employees, Party members, and in some...

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Jan 27, 2006

East Turkestan: No Longer Enemies, Still Held...

The U.S. military decided at least 10 months ago that a handful of Chinese Muslims held at the Guantanamo prison camp are not enemy combatants, and a federal court has deemed their continued detention...

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Jan 26, 2006

Renown Uyghur Human Rights Activist Involved in...

On January 6 Rebiya Kadeer, the Uyghur business woman, human rights activist and former prisoner of conscience, was involved in a mysterious traffic accident where her car was rammed twice...

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Jan 23, 2006

East Turkestan: China Arrests Rise in Restive...

Chinese authorities arrested more than 18,000 people for national security reasons in the mainly Muslim western region of Xinjiang last year, a newspaper said on Friday, which a dissident described...

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Jan 20, 2006

East Turkestan: China Admits Flaws But Slams Rights...

China's retort Thursday to the latest report by Human Rights Watch combined vitriol and vagueness, but officials admit there's room for improvement. The rights watchdog group listed more than...

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Dec 22, 2005

East Turkestan: Bursting Boom Town Holds Key to...

The prop plane packed with businessmen swoops into this once-sleepy oasis town in far western China, flying low over the spectacular Tian Shan mountain range, now snowcapped. At the tiny,...

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Dec 19, 2005

East Turkestan: China Frees Two Associates of...

Chinese authorities have released two business associates of exiled ethnic Uighur dissident Rebiya Kadeer, who had been held without charge since May, U.S. broadcaster Radio Free Asia reported...

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Dec 12, 2005

East Turkestan: World Uyghur Congress Celebrate...

Washington - The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) celebrates the International Human Rights Day and demands the Chinese government to immediately stop violating the fundamental human rights of the Uyghur...

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Dec 02, 2005

East Turkestan: UN Rapporteur on Torture; China...

The use of torture is widespread in China and the country needs major structural reform to its legal system for the situation to improve, a top U.N. envoy said on Friday. Manfred Nowak, the U.N....

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Nov 30, 2005

East Turkestan: China's Grip on Xinjiang Musl...

The young men studying at the Islam College in Urumqi, near China's western border, sit ramrod straight listening intently to their teacher. Most hope one day to become imams in the many mosques...

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Nov 22, 2005

UN Torture Rapporteur to visit Tibet and Eastern...

Untitled Document The U.N. envoy on torture arriveed in China on Monday 21 November as Beijing grapples with a series of cases in which people have been wrongly convicted after giving...

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Nov 03, 2005

Uighur: Frightened to Talk

Experts say if Uighurs were allowed to control and enjoy their own culture there would be far less little support for secession and Beijing’s heavy hand might not be necessary THE same...

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Oct 19, 2005

East Turkestan: China Arrests Foreign Militants...

URUMQI, China (Reuters) - China has arrested 19 foreigners on terrorism charges in its restive northwestern region of Xinjiang and told the children of a freed dissident they cannot go abroad,...

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Oct 05, 2005

UNPO on the People Republic of China's Unjust...

The Hague, 05 October 2005- APPEAL FOR THE RELEASE OF UNJUSTLY JAILED UYGHUR PRISONERS AND ABOLITION OF DRAFT ANTI-TERRORISM LAW The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), continues...

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Sep 23, 2005

East Turkestan: China Drafting Anti-Terrorism...

China is preparing an anti-terrorism law that will seek to tackle the threat from terror groups by cutting off their funding, state media reported. 'Relevant departments have finished drafting...

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Sep 19, 2005

East Turkestan: World Uyghur Congress' President...

World Uyghur Congress (WUC) president Erkin Alptekin yesterday urged the international community to intervene and pressure the Chinese government into starting talks with the Uyghur people of Xinjiang...

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Sep 08, 2005

East turkestan marked by China as Main Terror...

Separatists in China's far-flung, predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang are the main terror threat to the country, killing 160 people and wounding 440 over the past decade, officials were quoted...

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Aug 29, 2005

East Turkestan: China to Prepare Another Crackdown...

Exile groups and human rights advocates say China may be preparing to crack down on ethnic Muslim Uighurs in the region of Xinjiang. Communist officials have repeated their warnings against what...

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May 19, 2005

East Turkestan: Police Raid Forces Uyghur Dissident's...

Untitled Document A son of China’s exiled Uyghur dissident Rebiya Kadeer has gone into hiding after police raided his workplace and arrested two of his colleagues, RFA’s...

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May 12, 2005

East Turkestan: Illegal Detention of Uyghur R...

Untitled Document Press Release of the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre   Mr. Aimaiti Alimu, a Uighyur refugee from Xinjiang province of China, has been illegally...

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Apr 13, 2005

East Turkestan: China "smothering" Islam to control...

Untitled Document BEIJING (Reuters) - Two U.S.-based human rights groups have accused China of using the law heavy-handedly to clamp down on Muslim Uighurs in its restive western...

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Apr 08, 2005

East Turkestan: Ukraines Muslims Express Sympathies...

The Mejlis (governing council) of the Crimean Tatars and the Spiritual Administration of Crimea’s Muslims have expressed their sincere condolences to all the faithful of the Catholic Church...

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Apr 04, 2005

East Turkestan: World Uyghur Congress Expresses...

Untitled Document The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) expresses its sincere condolences to the death of Pope John Paul II, the Holy Father of the Roman Catholic Church who has peacefully...

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Mar 30, 2005

East Turkestan: Rebiya Kadeer Threaten by Chinese...

Chinese guards warned Uyghur businesswoman Rebiya Kadeer that the five grown children she left behind in China would be “finished” if she revealed sensitive information or associated...

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Mar 24, 2005

East Turkestan: Uighurs still behind bars in ...

Untitled Document The release of prominent Uighur businesswoman Rebiya Kadeer from prison in China has been welcomed by rights groups. But thousands of Uighurs have been...

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Mar 18, 2005

China Frees Rebiya Kadeer

Rebiya Kadeer, 58, was allowed to leave China for medical treatment in the US, the Dui Hua Foundation said. Mrs Kadeer, a successful businesswoman, was given eight years' in jail in 2000 for...

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Feb 22, 2005

East Turkestan: Tent Shortage Has Forced Uyghurs...

Ethnic Uyghurs made homeless by an earthquake in China's northwestern corner say a shortage of emergency tents has forced them to live outdoors in sub-freezing temperatures and snow. "I...

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Jan 27, 2005

East Turkestan: Turkish FM Set to Visit China...

Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul will pay an official visit to China on February 1-5 in a bid to boost bilateral ties and look into prospects of increased economic cooperation, the foreign...

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Dec 15, 2004

East Turkestan: Uyghurs urges Germany to be Prudent...

Untitled Document The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) urges the German authorities to be prudent in its investigation of China's allegations that Uyghurs in Germany are planning terrorist...

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Dec 13, 2004

East Turkestan: Uighur minority in Uzbekistan...

div align="justify">For our father [President Islam Karimov] there is no such nation as Uighurs in Uzbekistan," Dilshad (not his real name), a 29-year-old Uighur, told IRIN in the capital,...

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Nov 22, 2004

East Turkestan: The World Uyghur Congress Calls...

Untitled Document The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) calls on the Kazakh authorities to release Noorpolat Abdulla, an Australian citizen who was sentenced to 15 years in prison...

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Nov 17, 2004

China faces up to growing unrest

Government officials were shocked when a traffic incident erupted into pitched street battles between majority Han Chinese and ethic Muslims in a small village in Henan, an impoverished province...

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Nov 16, 2004

Kazakhstan extradates Uyghurs to China

Untitled Document A top Kazakh security official today said that Kazakhstan has extradited 14 Uyghurs to China and Kyrgyzstan in the past six years for alleged extremist activities....

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Nov 12, 2004

East Turkestan: Fear of the dragon, China Still...

Untitled Document On the surface, relations between China and its Central Asian neighbours have never been better. September saw the start of the construction of a 1,000km (620-mile)...

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Nov 05, 2004

East Turkestan: The World Uyghur Congress congratulates...

Untitled Document The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) congratulates President George W. Bush for winning the U.S. presidential election for a second term on Wednesday. The victory of...

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Nov 02, 2004

The Rafto Memorial Prize for 2004 is awarded to...

Untitled Document The Professor Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize for 2004 is awarded to Rebiya Kadeer, from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR), People’s Republic of China....

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Nov 01, 2004

East Turkestan: China's Muslims 'facing Haj r...

Untitled Document Police in China's Xinjiang region are restricting Muslim Uyghurs from undertaking the annual pilgrimage to Makka out of apparent concern about religious extremism,...

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Oct 17, 2004

East Turkestan: World Uyghur Congress Holds Its...

Untitled Document The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) has held its first Executive Committee meeting in Munich, Germany, from October 8-10 and discussed the short, medium, and long-term...

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Oct 11, 2004

East Turkestan: China urged to expand military...

Untitled Document A top military official has urged the strengthening of China’s 2.5 million semi-military presence in the westernmost Xinjiang region to combat separatism...

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Oct 01, 2004

East Turkestan: Uighur Minority subdued under...

Untitled Document Under the guise of a war on terrorism, China has launched such an implacable campaign of repression on its Muslim Uighur minority that it has stopped cold nearly...

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Sep 20, 2004

East Turkestan: The World Uyghur Congress condemns...

Untitled Document The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) condemns China's heavy-handed crackdown of the Uyghur people in East Turkestan since September 11, 2001 and strongly protests its...

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Sep 14, 2004

East Turkestan: China convicts 50 to Death in...

Untitled Document China has sentenced more than 50 people to death this year in the western region of Xinjiang in what the government depicts as a protracted battle against foreign-backed...

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Sep 02, 2004

East Turkestan: China Army drills to curb separatism...

Untitled Document China has conducted military exercises in its remote northwestern region of Xinjiang to stifle separatism in the restive, predominantly Muslim area, state media...

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Aug 30, 2004

East Turkestan: Human Rights Shadow over Beijing...

Untitled Document At the closing ceremony of the Athens Olympic games last night Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, issued the traditional invitation...

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Aug 16, 2004

East Turkestan: China executes two Uighur Separatists,...

Untitled Document In one of its biggest such cases in recent years, China has executed two separatists from its Uighur ethnic minority and jailed 16 to terms ranging from...

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Aug 02, 2004

East Turkestan: China jails Uyghur Journalist...

Untitled Document A court in the Muslim Uyghur region of Xinjiang in northwest China has jailed a journalist who reported on political tensions there for separatist activities...

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Jul 16, 2004

East Turkestan: Amnesty International condemns...

Reports have emerged of the execution an alleged Uighur "separatist" in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China. According to the Xinjiang Legal News, reported today by...

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Jul 07, 2004

East Turkestan: Fleeing Uighurs forced back to...

Untitled Document AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE AI Index: ASA 17/032/2004 (Public) News Service No: 164 Embargo Date: 7 July 2004 01:00 GMT China is using the "war...

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Jul 01, 2004

East Turkestan: Uighur Leader Calls for Non-Violent...

Washington, June 30 - A new Uighur exile leader says he hopes his message of non-violent resistance to Chinese rule in his homeland, in the far northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang, will unite...

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Jun 15, 2004

East Turkestan: Uyghur Demonstrators Arrested

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2004-Police in the Xinjiang region of northwestern China have detained at least 16 people for protesting what they say is an unfair relocation package, Radio Free Asia (RFA)...

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May 25, 2004

East Turkestan: Chinese-language NTDTV harassed...

Untitled Document   The New York based television station New Tang Dynasty TV is a valuable mean of expression and news source for oppressed peoples in China, like the...

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May 06, 2004

East Turkestan: "Practicing Islam in Today's ...

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) announces an Issues Roundtable entitled: "Practicing Islam in Today's China: Differing Realities for the Uighurs and the Hui" to...

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May 05, 2004

East Turkestan: "Why China Needs Democracy"

Symposium at Library of Congress Kluge Center to Explore "Why China Needs Democracy" Panel of Experts to Discuss Chinese Reform in Theory and Practice The John W. Kluge Center at...

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Apr 22, 2004

Newly founded World Uyghur Congress calls for...

Untitled Document Press Release World Uyghur Congress calls for Peaceful Resolution in East Turkestan: Erkin Alptekin elected President of the World Uyghur Conference Immediate...

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Apr 19, 2004

East Turkestan: TRP's message to Mr. Enver...

Untitled Document 15/04/2004 | MESSAGE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE TRANSNATIONAL RADICAL PARTY MR. SERGIO STANZANI TO MR. ENVER CAN PRESIDENT OF THE EAST TURKESTAN (UYGHURISTAN) NATIONAL...

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Apr 16, 2004

East Turkestan: UNPO pledges for Uyghur Freedom,...

Trascript of the speech by Marino Busdachin, UNPO General Secretary, before the United General Assembly of the East Turkestan National Congress, Munchen (Germany) April 16th 2004. Mr. President,...

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Apr 15, 2004

East Turkestan: Stop Chinese Government Campaign...

United General Assembly of East Turkestan National Congress will be held from 16th to 18th April 2004 in Munich, Germany. Delegates from 15 countires around the world where diaspora Uyghur communities...

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Mar 16, 2004

East Turkestan: China imposes Chinese language...

The Chinese government is planning sweeping educational changes in the northwestern region of Xinjiang that will force around 50 ethnic minority schools to merge with Chinese schools, imposing...

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Feb 19, 2004

Chinese church leaders arrested

The persecution of unregistered house church Christians in China continues as three church leaders were arrested in the final week of January. In addition, The Voice of the Martyrs, an American...

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Feb 19, 2004

Status of International Religious Freedom: An...

Mr. Chairman: Thank you for holding this hearing and for inviting me to testify. If you would like us to analyze the State Department's annual report on religious freedom around the world, then...

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Jan 28, 2004

Radical MEPs question the European Commission...

Provided that in her intervention during the discussion on the Prets Report on Cultural Diversity last Jan. 13th in Strasbourg Commissioner Viviane Reding expressed her satisfaction about the EU "won battle"...

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Dec 01, 2002

Commemoration of Uighur leader Isa Yusak Alpt...

Commemoration of Uighur leader Isa Yusak Alptekin Uighurs around the world unite each year on December 17th to commemorate the death and celebrate the life of their leader, Isa Yusaf Alptekin. Isa...

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Jul 30, 2002

Shell under fire at AGM over $18 billion gas pipeline...

UNPO teamed up with Campaign for Tibet International to raise awareness at the Shell annual shareholder’s meeting in The Hague on May 16. UNPO General Secretary Erkin Alptekin and International...

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Jul 30, 2002

Thousands of Uighur Books burned by Chinese A...

Thousands of Uighur Books burned by Chinese Authorities Chinese authorities in the northwestern province of Xinjiang have burned tens of thousands of books as part of an effort to curb separatism...

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Jul 30, 2002

China continues to use the war against international...

By Erkin Alptekin, UNPO General Secretary Immediately after the barbaric terrorist attack on the United States on September 11, 2001, Chinese officials staged a worldwide campaign to portray Uighurs...

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Jan 30, 2002

The East Turkestan Unions 27th General Assembly...

Mr. Asgar Can was re-elected chairperson of the East Turkestan Union in Europe at its 27th GA held in Munich on 27 January 2002. Mr. Can has been leading the Union for many years. It was also...

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Oct 18, 2001

Terrorism the Focus of East Turkestan Confere...

The Conference on "The Situation in East Turkestan after half a century of Chinese communist occupation" was held at the European Parliament on the 17th October 2001. The conference went ahead...

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2009 Hearing: World Uyghur Congress and UNPO at...

    Official Statement released by Ms Rebiya Kadeer  Friday, 11 September 2009  Ms. Kadeer issued an official statement during her address to the human rights subcommittee...

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2009 Conference: East Turkestan: 60 Years Under...

May 18 - May 19, 2009Washington DC, USA The World Uyghur Congress conference discussed the current situation of East Turkestan as it has been determined by the past 60 years with panelists ranging from...

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