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Letter from HRW to Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb

  • Fri, 07/07/2017 - 15:38

We are writing to you on behalf of Human Rights Watch and the Association of Freedom of Thought and Expression to ask you to urge the Egyptian authorities to immediately cease the mass arrests of ethnic Uyghurs, many of whom are students at Al-Azhar University, and their family members

Screen grab from a video shows handcuffed Uyghur in a police truck

Egyptian police said to detain Chinese Uighurs in wide sweep

  • Thu, 07/06/2017 - 14:27

Chinese students from the Uighur ethnic minority have been detained in Egypt in a broad police sweep that has shaken the country’s sizeable Uighur student and expatriate community, activists said Thursday.

Vice Chair Sandra Jolley speaks out in support of Religious Prisoner of Conscience, Gulmira Imin.

CHINA: USCIRF Condemns Ramadan Restrictions in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region

  • Wed, 07/05/2017 - 15:49

The Chinese government has taken unprecedented steps to trample on the religious freedom of Uighur Muslims

Photos: Wikicommons, Ai Weiwei/Lego portrait of Ilham Tohti.

German town awards 2017 Human Rights Prize to Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti

  • Wed, 07/05/2017 - 15:44

The city of Weimar, Germany has announced that it will award its 2017 Human Rights Award to Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti, who is serving a life prison sentence in China for separatism.

A Chinese Muslim pilgrim is assisted by airport staff in Lanzhou, Gansu Province, as he prepares to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, Sept. 25, 2012.

China Detains 'More Than 100' Uyghur Muslims Returning From Overseas Pilgrimage

  • Tue, 07/04/2017 - 21:32

Many detainees face charges of "illegal religious activities" after they traveled overseas on pilgrimage, while others face "extremism" charges.

Uyghur Human Rights Activist Ilham Tohti Has Received Weimar 2017 Human Rights Prize

  • Mon, 07/03/2017 - 16:32

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 rights of Uyghurs in the Xinjang autonomous region.

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam after the inaugural ceremony in Hong Kong, on July 1. (Photo by Nozomu Ogawa)

Xi Jinping may come to rue his strong-arm tactics

  • Mon, 07/03/2017 - 16:30

The denizens of Beijing and Shanghai could also turn feisty

China is Demoting Human Rights at the UN

  • Fri, 06/30/2017 - 18:27

China is using its growing influence not only to isolate Taiwan from the United Nations, but also to combat the organization’s general work on human rights. Increased Chinese funding and determination could redefine the very concept of human rights, with devastating consequences for democratic countries.

A Uyghur man uses his mobile phone above shops at a bazaar in Hotan, in China's Xinjiang region, April 15, 2015.

Xinjiang Authorities Take Further Steps Towards Total Digital Surveillance

  • Thu, 06/29/2017 - 15:19

Residents of the regional capital must hand over all digital devices by the end of July as part of an ‘anti-terror’ operation.

Video clips showing Liu Xiaobo receiving treatment, left, and praising his care in prison. The clips’ release seemed aimed at blunting suggestions that China had allowed him to grow gravely ill. Credit Andy Wong/Associated Press

China Won’t Let Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Laureate, Get Cancer Treatment Abroad

  • Thu, 06/29/2017 - 15:13

The Chinese authorities have refused permission for Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel Peace laureate paroled from prison for cancer treatment, to go abroad for care, one of his lawyers said on Thursday.

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