Ilshat Hassan, president of the Uyghur American Association. Credit: Special Arrangement

India should be a supporter of the Uighur cause, says the activist, if only for strategic reasons. “By raising support, helping us, the Indian government can have leverage (with China).”

A farmer harvests cotton in China's Xinjiang region in an undated photo

Residents are divided into groups and threatened with collective punishment for failing to enforce regulations.

Ilham Tohti is a renowned Uyghur public intellectual in the People’s Republic of China.

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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.