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Authorities in capital of China's Xinjiang province ban burqas
January 12, 2015
Authorities in Urumqi, capital of the far-west Chinese province of Xinjiang, issued a new law Wednesday banning the wearing of burqas in public. Xinjiang, home to China's minority ethnically Turkic Muslim Uighurs, has been the site of significant ethnic unrest including recent attacks by Uighur sep....... [more]

Xinjiang court sentences 22 people to jail for religious activities
November 11, 2014
The People's Court of Kashgar in China's western region of Xinjiang sentenced 22 people to prison terms for illegal religious activities and other crimes. The Xinhua News Agency stated it is the latest sign of unease over Muslim extremism in the region. Prison sentences ranged from five to 16 years....... [more]

China court sentences 12 to death for Xinjiang attacks
October 13, 2014
A Chinese court on Monday sentenced 12 people to death and gave 15 others suspended death sentences for their involvement in attacks on a police station and government offices in south Xinjiang in July. Nine others were sentenced to life imprisonment, and another 20 people received shorter sentences....... [more]

China executes 8 for separatist violence and related crimes
August 24, 2014
Chinese officials in the western region of Xinjiang executed eight individuals charged with terrorism- and separatism-related crimes on Saturday. According to a press release by China's state-run news agency, the execution was conducted with approval by the Supreme People's Court. Three of the exec....... [more]

China officials sentence 55 in public rally
May 28, 2014
Chinese officials in the western region of Xinjiang on Tuesday held a public rally at a sports stadium for the mass sentencing of criminals, in which 55 individuals were sentenced before a crowd of 7,000 people. While three received death sentences for crimes including "violent terrorism," other pri....... [more]

Last Uighur prisoners released from Guantanamo Bay
January 2, 2014
The US Department of Defense (DOD) announced Tuesday that three Uighur Muslim detainees were transferred to Slovakia from the Guantanamo Bay military prison. The detainees, Yusef Abbas, Saidullah Khalik and Hajiakbar Abdul Ghuper, were the last three members of the Chinese ethnic minority being held....... [more]

Uighur Guantanamo detainees released to El Salvador
April 20, 2012
The Pentagon announced on Thursday that two Uighur detainees were released from the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay to be transferred to El Salvador, where they have chosen to resettle. They are being released pursuant to a 2008 order by the US District Court for the District of Columbia. An e....... [more]

Supreme Court sought guidance on Uighur detainee transfer
February 13, 2012
On February 13, 2010, the US Supreme Court ordered the Obama administration to file briefs in response to Switzerland's acceptance of asylum for two Uighur detainees housed at Guantanamo Bay. The Swiss accepted the detainees after the Supreme Court granted certiorari to decide if the judicial branch....... [more]

DC Circuit ruled against release of Uighur Guantanamo detainees into US
February 18, 2011
On February 18, 2009, a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed an October 2008 district court order that would have provided for the release of 17 Uighur Guantanamo Bay detainees into the US. Lawyers for the detainees had argued that the Uighur's continued det....... [more]

Federal judge ordered Uighurs released from Guantanamo
October 7, 2010
On October 7, 2008, a judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the release 17 Uighur detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, ruling that the Constitution forbids their indefinite detention without cause. Judge Ricardo Urbina gave the government until the end....... [more]

China court convicts Uighur journalist of endangering national security
July 23, 2010
A Chinese court on Friday convicted a Uighur journalist of endangering national security for statements made following the 2009 Xinjiang riots. The Intermediate People's Court of Urumqi sentenced Gheyret Niyaz, editor of uighurbiz.net and two state-run websites, to 15 years in prison after the one....... [more]


    Universal Dec. of Rights of People [UNPO]

    PRC Constitution [see art. IV]

    East Turkistan Info Center [advocacy]

    Uighur HR Project [advocacy]

    Uighur Guantanamo Detainees [Wikipedia]

    Uighur People [Wikipedia]