UAA/UHRP Funding Update
  • Thu, 03/23/2006 - 11:00

To: Uyghur American Association Members
From: Uyghur American Association Board of Directors

Re: Uyghur American Association Announces Budget Increase, Expansion for Uyghur Human Rights Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 23, 2005) The Uyghur American Association is pleased to announce it will receive a substantial increase in funding from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) for UAA's Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) for the next fiscal year.

"We are extremely excited and gratified by NED's decision," Nury Turkel, UAA President and UHRP Director "NED's increased commitment to UHRP is further indication of the world's concern for the plight of Uyghurs, whose human rights have been increasingly violated by the government of China. We believe NED's increased support is proof that Uyghurs can play a positive role in promoting our rights and defending our freedoms."

NED is the principal source of funds for UHRP, which was founded in April, 2004. According to Turkel, NED approved a grant to increase its funding by nearly 60 percent, to $126,000. "This increase will allow the UHRP to hire additional personnel and significantly enhance its capacity to research and report human rights abuses in East Turkistan."

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) works to promote the preservation and flourishing of a rich, humanistic and diverse Uyghur culture, and to support the right of the Uyghur people to use peaceful, democratic means to determine their own political future. The UAA has undertaken the Uyghur Human Rights Project for the purpose of promoting improved human rights conditions for Uyghurs and other indigenous groups in East Turkistan (also known as China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region), on the premise that the assurance of basic human rights will facilitate the realization of the community's democratic aspirations.