WUC Booklet on Violation of Freedom of Expression in East Turkestan

WUC, November 2011

The booklet Violation of Freedom of Expression in East Turkestan published by the WUC in November 2011 provides an overview on the current status of freedom of expression for the Uyghur people.

After an introduction to the events of 5 July 2009 in Urumqi that lead to an increased crackdown on Uyghur freedom of expression, an overview on the Chinese legislation on freedom of expression, a description of the use of “Endangering State Security” (ESS) charges to silence peaceful Uyghur dissent, the current condition of freedom of speech and information in East Turkestan and China, and the effects of the “Jasmine Revolution” on Uyghurs, the booklet provides summaries on the cases of some of the Uyghurs imprisoned for exercising their right to freedom of expression, opinion, and speech. These cases include among others: Abdulghani Memetemin, Dilshat Perhat, Gheyret Niyaz, Gulmira Imin, Mehbube Ablesh, Memetjan Abdulla, Ablikim Abdureyim, Alim Abdureyim or Tursunjan Hesen.

The booklet can be downloaded here.

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Xinjiang Draft Legal Measures Promote Hiring Ethnic Minorities, Against Track Record of Employment Discrimination

Congressional-Executive Commission on China, 18 November 2011


CECC — New draft measures on employment promotion, under consideration in Xinjiang, stipulate measures to prevent discrimination and promote the hiring of non-Han (“ethnic minority”) groups in the region. The measures track China’s national employment promotion law, but also stipulate subsidies for hiring ethnic minorities. Such subsidies are absent in the national law and employment promotion regulations in other provincial-level areas.

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Uyghur Political Prisoners Mehbube Ablesh’s and Abdulghani Memetemin’s Prison Sentences Expire

Congressional-Executive Commission on China, 18 October 2011


CECC — The prison sentences of two Uyghur political prisoners in Xinjiang have expired, and both are presumed to have since been released. Mehbube Ablesh completed a three-year prison sentence for “splittism” around August 2011. Authorities handed down the prison sentence in apparent connection to her criticism of Chinese government policies, including Mandarin-focused “bilingual” education. Abdulghani Memetemin completed a nine-year prison sentence in late July for “supplying state secrets” to an overseas group.

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The Congressional-Executive Commission on China issued its 2011 Annual Report on human rights conditions and the development of the rule of law in China

Congressional-Executive Commission on China, 10 October 2011


CECC — The China of today is vastly different from that of 30  years ago, when major economic reforms began, and even 10 years  ago, when China acceded to the World Trade Organization. More  people in today’s China enjoy an improved quality of life,  economic freedoms, and greater access to information via the  Internet and other communication technologies. But economic and  technological progress has not led to commensurate gains in  China’s human rights and rule of law record.

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UHRP Report “They Can’t Send Me Back: Uyghur Asylum Seekers in Europe”

Uyghur Human Rights Project, 20 September 2011

UHRP — A new report by the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) published on 20 September 2011 documents the challenges faced by Uyghur asylum seekers in Europe, and examines the reasons why they fled East Turkestan (otherwise known as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China) or Central Asia. They Can’t Send Me Back: Uyghur Asylum Seekers in Europe is based on interviews UHRP researchers conducted with 50 Uyghur asylum seekers in Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands in 2010 and 2011.

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UHRP Report: “Offers They Can’t Refuse: China’s Relations with the Muslim World”

Uyghur Human Rights Project, 12 September 2011

A new report, “Offers They Can’t Refuse: China’s Relations with the Muslim World”, published on 12 September 2011, examines the Chinese government’s relationships with the governments of predominantly Muslim countries, and how these relationships have muted the Muslim world’s response to China’s repression of the Uyghur people.

Written by Uyghur Human Rights Project intern Jessica Smith, the 24-page report provides insight into the factors motivating Muslim countries to preserve and enhance strong ties to China while remaining silent about human rights abuses that have intensified in the wake of July 5, 2009 unrest in East Turkestan. In light of China’s recent intensified push to expand trade and diplomatic links with Muslim countries on its borders and beyond, it is particularly important to explore the context behind Sino-Muslim partnerships, which appear likely to grow even further in the foreseeable future.

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Security and Islam in Asia: lessons from China’s Uyghur minority

FRIDE, 26 July 2011


By Sébastien Peyrouse — The international community tends to forget the salience of the Islam issue in Asia. It is important for Asia’s security agenda to analyse the Chinese experience of managing the Uyghur issue, where Islam tends to be used as an ideology of decolonisation and resistance. A look at the Uyghur issue enables us to grasp more precisely the mechanisms of transformation of Asia’s Muslim societies. This may help the international community avoid the errors of interpretation in its counter-terrorism strategies that it made in the Middle-East, and put it in a better position to shape security scenarios across Asia.

Read the report here.

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UHRP Report “A city ruled by fear and silence: Urumchi, two years on”

Uyghur Human Rights Project, 5 July 2011

A new report by the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) published on 5 July 2011 examines the nature of post-July 5, 2009 detentions and criminal procedures in East Turkestan (also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region or XUAR, in the People’s Republic of China). The report looks at the Chinese government’s portrayal of July 5, and contrasts this with information, including newly emerged videos and eyewitness testimonies, that contradicts the official depiction of events. It also examines the ways in which Chinese officials have responded to Uyghur calls for protection from the state, and the state’s active inflammation of ethnic tensions.

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