Schools in East Turkestan Suppress Doppa Festival

Greg Fay, Manager, Uyghur Human Rights Project

Listen: UHRP interviews a Uyghur student about suppression of the Doppa festival

May 5, 2014 marked the fifth celebration of the annual Doppa festival, a day to celebrate Uyghur culture on which Uyghurs wear their doppa, a four-cornered hat that is an essential part of Uyghurs’ traditional ethnic clothing. UHRP interviewed a young Uyghur student about his experience of the Doppa festival and its suppression in recent years, which can be heard by hitting play on the SoundCloud link above. Continue reading

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UHRP Oral History Project – Spotlight on the Ghulja Massacre

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) organized a demonstration in front of China’s embassy in Washington, DC on February 5, 2014 to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre. At the event, the Uyghur Human Rights Project conducted an interview with Ilyar Shamseden, originally of Ghulja, about the history of the massacre. The interview, conducted in Uyghur language, has been translated with English subtitles. Watch the video on YouTube here:

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We Are Uyghur: Artist Q&A with Susan Kattas

Greg Fay, Manager, Uyghur Human Rights Project

We are Uyghur. Collage by Susan Kattas.
Photograph of the artwork courtesy of the artist.

Susan Kattas, a Hudson, Wisconsin-based artist, recently created a collage inspired by the Uyghurs’ cultural struggle under Chinese government repression. The collage was part of the 45th Parallel Exhibition celebrating peoples living along the 45th parallel, the line of latitude that extends from Hudson to Urumqi, capital of the Uyghur homeland of East Turkestan, and shows at the Phipps Gallery through February 9, 2014. Kattas described the piece to UHRP: Continue reading

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