Demolishing Faith: The Destruction and Desecration of Uyghur Mosques and Shrines

Uyghur Human Rights Project, October 28, 2019

UHRP – A new report presents evidence of the complete or partial destruction of over 100 mosques by the Chinese government. Researcher Bahram Sintash and the Uyghur Human Rights Project cross-reference satellite imagery, photographs, and witness testimony to document the Chinese government’s campaign to wipe out the physical sites of Uyghur Islamic practice. The report provides detailed case studies of the fate of 11 mosques and religious sites, including cemeteries, shrines, domes, and minarets.

As one of the cornerstones of their identity, Uyghurs’ Islamic faith has been a major target of the Chinese government’s campaign to eliminate the Uyghur ethno-cultural identity. 

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The 2022 Winter Olympics and Beijing’s Uyghur Policy: Sports in the Shadows of Concentration Camps

Uyghur Human Rights Project, October 21, 2019

UHRP – In 2015, Beijing was awarded the rights to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. While the government of the People’s Republic of China has overseen preparations for the 2022 Games under the motto of “joyful rendezvous upon pure ice and snow,” the same state has also overseen the development of a network of concentration camps in East Turkestan (also known as Xinjiang).

In a case of blatant profiling, inmates are detained not due to any crime, but solely due to their ethno-religious identity. Guilt is presumed for anyone of Uyghur, Kazakh, or other Turkic backgrounds. Camp inmates have been held without trial and without a sentence: in effect, indefinite secret detention. In addition, reports are emerging of a growing number of Uyghurs being sentenced to 10 or more years in prison, often without trial.

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Repression Across Borders: The CCP’s Illegal Harassment and Coercion of Uyghur Americans

Uyghur Human Rights Project, August 28, 2019

UHRP – The Uyghur Human Rights Project’s (UHRP) new report, Repression Across Borders, reveals how the Chinese government is applying a systematic, ambitious, multi-year, well-resourced, relentless and cruel policy to inflict pain and suffering on Uyghurs abroad in an attempt to control their speech and actions.

The campaign constitutes an ongoing series of crimes committed with impunity on U.S. persons. It not only inflicts severe emotional and psychological pain on every family, but also constitutes a systematic and ongoing violation of Americans’ rights and freedoms by a foreign power on American soil.

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Resisting Chinese Linguistic Imperialism: Abduweli Ayup and the Movement for Uyghur Mother Tongue-Based Education

Uyghur Human Rights Project, May 16, 2019

UHRP – The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) has published a new special report: Resisting Chinese Linguistic Imperialism: Abduweli Ayup and the Movement for Uyghur Mother Tongue-Based Education. The report focuses on the Chinese government’s deliberate campaign to marginalize the Uyghur language in the Uyghur homeland. Motivated by a combination of geopolitical ambition and policies to eradicate the ethnic identity of the Uyghur people, the Chinese authorities are removing the relevance of Uyghur from the education system and public life.

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The Persecution of the Intellectuals in the Uyghur Region: Disappeared Forever?

Uyghur Human Rights Project, October 22, 2018

UHRP – In the current crackdown in East Turkestan (aka Xinjiang), the Chinese authorities have made Uyghur intellectuals a principal target.  A new report from the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) entitled “The Persecution of the Intellectuals in the Uyghur Region: Disappeared Forever?” details how 231 intellectuals have been forcibly disappeared, interned in political indoctrination camps, removed from their posts or imprisoned since April 2017. The individuals identified by UHRP likely represent only a small proportion of those impacted.

UHRP’s Director Omer Kanat will present the findings of the report at the Scholars at Risk event “A Year in Attacks on Higher Education,” at the NYU School of Law on October 23rd at 6 pm.

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The Mass Internment of Uyghurs: “We want to be respected as humans. Is it too much to ask?”

Uyghur Human Rights Project, August 23, 2018

UHRP – The human rights crisis in East Turkestan (also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region) requires an urgent international response. The mass internment of Uyghurs in camps across the region is occurring as the Chinese government promotes itself globally as a model of governance and trade through the Belt and Road Initiative. A new report from the Uyghur Human Rights Project documents the camp system and the individuals impacted.

Over a million, and possibly more, Uyghurs have been interned out of a population of 11 million. Credible reports of deaths in custody, torture, and systemic political indoctrination must propel the international community into action on behalf of the Uyghurs. In the words of one scholar, “mass murder and genocide do not look like impossible outcomes.”

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

Uyghur Human Rights Project, June 12, 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, April 26, 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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