Q&A With Student of Imprisoned Linguist Abduweli Ayup

Greg Fay, Manager, Uyghur Human Rights Project

Listen to the full interview on SoundCloud and find a transcript below.

Last month, Uyghur linguist Abduweli Ayup was sentenced to 18 months in prison as a result of his language education work. In this interview, Ayup’s former student Michael describes to UHRP Project Manager Greg Fay the threat to the Uyghur language posed by China’s bilingual education policy, the importance of language to the Uyghur people, and the ways in which Ayup successfully worked to promote Uyghur language instruction within China’s system. Michael’s name has been changed to protect his anonymity. Continue reading

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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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