VIDEO: Uyghur American community raises its voice on human rights abuses

Uyghur protestors march through Washington, DC, July 12, 2015, (UHRP photo)

Uyghur protestors march through Washington, DC, July 12, 2015, (UHRP photo)

On July 2, 2015, the Uyghur American Association organized a protest in front of China’s embassy in Washington, DC. The protest commemorated the sixth anniversary of unrest in Urumchi, when a massive crackdown on peaceful protests resulted in untold numbers of extrajudicial killings and forced disappearances of Uyghurs.

Footage from UAA’s demonstration can be seen here:

Just days after the July 5 anniversary, Thailand forcibly returned to China a group of 109 Uyghur refugees after holding them in refugee camps for over a year.  The blatant contravention of international human rights law was widely condemned. Uyghur youth in the Washington, DC area organized a demonstration the following weekend for community members to protest the injustice, called “RISE UP!”

Footage from their march can be seen here:

The protestors distributed information with a joint Turkish petition to passersby and encouraged onlookers to learn more about the human rights of the Uyghur people.

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