Extracting Cultural Resources: the Exploitation and Criminalization of Uyghur Cultural Heritage

Uyghur Human Rights Project, 12 June 2018

UHRP – A new report by the Uyghur Human Rights Project entitled “Extracting Cultural Resources: the Exploitation and Criminalization of Uyghur Cultural Heritage” examines the history and current state of government control of Uyghur cultural expression and the place of China’s cultural policies in the ongoing assimilative campaign in East Turkestan.  The room for Uyghurs to maintain and develop their traditions is narrowing. Many traditional cultural practices have been transformed into propaganda campaigns, tourist offerings or in some cases completely banned.

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UHRP releases new report- ‘The Bingtuan: China’s Paramilitary Colonizing Force in East Turkestan’

Uyghur Human Rights Project, 26 April 2018

UHRP – The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) announces the publication of a new report entitled ‘The Bingtuan: China’s Paramilitary Colonizing Force in East Turkestan.’

The bingtuan, also known as the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), is a paramilitary organization in East Turkestan that answers directly to the central Chinese Communist Party (CCP) government in Beijing. Its goals are primarily colonial: develop the land in East Turkestan, secure the border, and maintain stability. 

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World Uyghur Congress Universal Periodic Review of China Report Submission

World Uyghur Congress, 24 April 2018

The World Uyghur Congress submitted a parallel report to be considered ahead of China’s 3rd Cycle Universal Periodic Review in November 2018. The report outlines the most pressing concerns for the Uyghur population in China over the last five years and provides concrete recommendations for China and for the international community.

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The Fifth Poison: the Harassment of Uyghurs Overseas

Uyghur Human Rights Project, 28 November 2017

UHRP – The Chinese authorities’ recent coercion of Uyghur students studying abroad to return home has drawn international attention to the government’s campaign of harassment and control of Uyghurs living outside of China. However, this campaign is a long-standing one and has created a climate of fear even in Western countries.  A new report from the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) seeks to document the various methods the Chinese government employs to monitor and harass Uyghurs living overseas. 

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Simulated Autonomy: Uyghur Underrepresentation in Political Office

Uyghur Human Rights Project, 30 October 2017

UHRP – The 19th Party Congress in Beijing has focused attention on high politics in China and brought attention to the underrepresentation of minorities and women in the highest ranks of the Chinese government. A new report from the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) examines the demographics of political office holders in East Turkestan and finds significant underrepresentation of Uyghurs. Despite the fact that it is officially the “Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region,” Han hold the majority of senior positions in the government and the Chinese Communist Party.

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WUC Releases Updated Report Documenting Two Decades of Uyghur Forced Returns to China

Press Release – For immediate release
28 June 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

One year has passed since the we released our report, Seeking a Place to Breathe Freely: Current Challenges Faced by Uyghur Refugees & Asylum Seekers, that looked to present a detailed account of both the conditions on the ground in East Turkestan over the last few years as well as to document the perilous journeys made by Uyghurs who chose to flee China amid repression. In this updated report, we have notably added an Appendix detailing every case of Uyghur deportation to China from abroad since 1997.

The initial report was based on extensive first-hand research working directly with Uyghur refugees and asylum seekers who fled to Turkey from East Turkestan, but because the situation is fluid, the report looks to provide additional and up-to-date details on current cases and to stand as a unique resource.

Here we have documented the return of 317 Uyghurs to China since 1997 from 15 different countries including Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Germany and Sweden.

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World Uyghur Congress Annual Human Rights Report 2017

Press Release — For immediate release
17 May 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress is releasing its annual report on the human rights situation in East Turkestan covering events of 2016. The report presents a detailed review of China’s actions in East Turkestan vis-à-vis the Uyghur population there and provides in-depth analysis of the most critical issues facing Uyghurs there.

The year 2016 saw no relief in terms of the continued harassment of Uyghurs living in East Turkestan (officially the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China). The Chinese Communist Party (CPC) extended its outright assault by effectively criminalising even the most basic aspects of Uyghur life, and in doing so, violating human rights and fundamental freedoms guaranteed under international law.

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Discrimination, Mistreatment and Coercion: Uyghurs Face Severe Labor Rights Abuses in China and East Turkestan

Uyghur Human Rights Project, 5 April 2017

UHRP – Unemployment is one of the biggest challenges facing the Uyghur people in East Turkestan. The primary driver of Uyghur unemployment is ethnic discrimination. A new report from UHRP analyzes the sources and manifestations of ethnic discrimination and other labor rights abuses affecting Uyghurs in East Turkestan and elsewhere in China. In addition to structural disadvantages obtaining and retaining non-agricultural work, the vast majority of Uyghurs who work in agriculture face a unique set of violations to their labor rights.

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