(An open letter to the members of the US Congress and Senate who have penned a letter to Washington’s top diplomat and Treasury Secretary)

Chinese Officials attending opening ceremony of new Internment camp in the region

In recent months, journalists, human rights activist, diplomats and Uyghur communities around the world have desperately called attention to the sweeping expansion of internment camps in the Uyghur region of the People’s Republic of China. To date, an estimated 3.9 million Uyghurs and Kazakhs are detained in China’s internment camps in the Uyghur region. Detailed estimates are included in the appendix section of this report.

FILE - Residents walk past a security checkpoint at the close of a open-air market in Kashgar in western China's Xinjiang region, Nov. 4, 2017. Authorities are using detentions in political indoctrination centers and surveillance in efforts to control the Xinjiang region and its Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority Beijing fears could be influenced by extremism.

The government in China is further tightening its grip on minority groups in the Uighur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan as it continues to use its deradicalization campaign to suppress local residents, Uighur leaders and human rights activists warn.


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.