Category Archives: Uighur

Conference on Ilham Tohti and Human Rights for the Uyghur in Munich

  ilham-tohtiOn the occasion of the International Day for Human Rights, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), in cooperation with the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP), Ilham Tohti Initiative (ITI) and Bündnis 90/Die Grünen convened a conference in the Bayrischer Landtag in Munich on 12 December 2016. Entitled “Ilham Tohti and the Situation of the Human Rights of the Uyghur”, the conference brought together a variety of researchers, experts and representatives of diaspora movements to discuss the pressing issue of Uyghur intellectual Ilham Tohti’s unjust imprisonment, how this represented a wider deprivation of fundamental human rights for the Uyghur, and what concrete steps must be taken to achieve peaceful coexistence between Han Chinese and Uyghurs. 

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As Uyghur PEN Member Ilham Tohti wins major human rights prize, PEN calls for his release

ilham-tohti11 October 2016 – PEN International welcomes the news that Uyghur scholar and PEN member Ilham Tohti, currently serving a life sentence in China, has been awarded the Martin Ennals Award, a major human rights prize and calls for his immediate release. Continue reading

Exiled Leader Claims China is Behind Turkey’s Decision to Detain a Uyghur Activist


Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, June 20, 2013. AFP

Ankara is bowing to Beijing’s demands by keeping a prominent Uyghur activist imprisoned in Turkey as fears grow among the Uyghur diaspora that he will be sent back to China, an exiled Uyghur leader told RFA. Continue reading

China jails Xinjiang democracy activist for 19 years: lawyer

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China has jailed an activist in its volatile northwestern Xinjiang region for 19 years over online posts criticising the ruling Communist Party and for giving interviews to foreign media, his lawyer said Friday. Continue reading

Ilham Tohti Documentary



A professor at Minzu University in Beijing and the foremost Uighur public intellectual in the People’s Republic of China, he was sentenced to life in prison in September 2014 for advocating basic economic, cultural, religious and political rights for the Uighur people.


— Interviews with Ilham Tohti
— Commentaries by Sakharov Prize laureate Hu Jia; Continue reading

China Jails 45 Over Illegal Border Crossings in Northwestern Xinjiang


image (14)Two recently sentenced human smugglers are shown at their trial in Xinjiang in an undated photo.
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Authorities in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang have handed down jail terms to alleged human traffickers for helping people cross the border and illegally leave China, official media reported.

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Thai embassy in Turkey closes after pro-Uighur protests

_84191077_8419107610 July 2015

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Riot police stand as a group of Uighur protesters demonstrate outside the Thai embassy in Ankara
Riot police stood guard at the Thai embassy in Ankara on Thursday

Thailand has closed its embassy in Turkey following protests over Thailand’s deportation of about 100 Uighurs to China.

The embassy in Ankara<!–more–> and the consulate in Istanbul have been temporarily shut after the consulate was stormed by Uighur supporters on Thursday.

Rights groups have criticised the deportation of Muslim Uighurs saying they face persecution in China.

China denies repressing Uighurs and called the deportees illegal migrants.

There have been days of unrest in Turkey over reports of Uighurs in western China being restricted by the Chinese government from observing the holy month of Ramadan.

Uighurs have close cultural and religious ties with Turkish Muslims.

Protests outside the Chinese embassy have seen Chinese flags burnt and on Thursday police fired pepper spray at demonstrators.

There have been reports of Chinese citizens being harassed and attacked and China issued a travel warning to its citizens travelling to Turkey.

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Uighurs already living in Turkey responded angrily, smashing windows at the Thai consulate in Istanbul

Thailand’s decision to deport about 100 Uighurs has raised tensions further.

Windows at the Thai consulate were smashed, furnishings damaged and the sign outside pulled down.

Thai spokesman Werachon Sukhondhapatipak told reporters the government had ordered the embassy and consulate to close temporarily on Friday.

He added: “We will assess the situation on a daily basis.”

About 400 Uighurs detained for illegally entering Thailand in March last year have been the focus of a diplomatic dispute between Turkey and China over where they should be moved to.

Thailand said about 100 people were removed on Wednesday, while an earlier group of 172 women and children were sent to Turkey in late June.
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Tibetans, Uyghurs ‘Blacklisted’ at Hotels in Chinese Cities


Security forces participate in a military drill in Hotan, Xinjiang, June 6, 2014.
Tibetans and members of the mostly Muslim Uyghur ethnic group have been placed Continue reading