On 25 May 2016, activists and specialists convened in the European Parliament to answer the question “Does China Want Real Ethnic Harmony?” during a conference focused on the unjust imprisonment for life of Professor Ilham Tohti, a renowned Uyghur economist and writer.

gyptian protesters hold candles and a poster depicting slain journalist Mayada Ashraf in Cairo this year. This is the sort of action that the Committee to Protect Journalists supports. (European Pressphoto Agency)

Countries with poor human rights records succeeded Thursday in blocking U.N.status for a well-regarded international press rights organization in what some diplomats see as a blow to free expression throughout the world.

Chinese soldiers patrolling the streets of Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, in July 2009, after a protest over a fatal shooting of two Uighurs in southern China escalated into riots that killed at least 197 people. Credit Diego Azubel/European Pressphoto Agency

Since violent ethnic protests and riots erupted in the western borderlands of China in 2008 and 2009, many scholars have been trying to pinpoint the sources of the unrest.

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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.