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Archive for May, 2020

  • Appointment of UHRP Board Chair Nury Turkel to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

    UHRP Tue, 05/26/2020 For immediate release May 26, 2020 1:16 pm EST Contact: Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) (202) 790-1795, (646) 906-7722 The Uyghur Human Rights Project welcomes Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s appointment of UHRP Board Chair Nury Turkel to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). USCIRF is a leading voice in the global fight to defend religious freedom. “Speaker Pelosi’s appointment of a Uyghur American to USCIRF sends an important message. Nury’s work as a Commissioner will be a symbol of Uyghur Americans’ whole-hearted embrace of democratic values and religious freedom for all,” said UHRP Executive Director Omer Kanat.  “Nury has been an outstanding voice calling for global action to end the mass atrocities committed against Uyghurs in our homeland, East Turkistan,” Kanat continued. Mr. Turkel was a co-founder of UHRP in 2003, and has served as Board Chair since 2018. In his capacity as Board Chair of UHRP, Mr. Turkel has recently testified before Congress on Forced Labor, Mass Internment, and Social Control in Xinjiang and China’s Repression and Internment of Uyghurs. Mr. Turkel will fill the vacancy created by the expiration of the term of Commissioner Tenzin Dorjee. “It is an honor for a Uyghur American to take up a position previously filled by Professor Dorjee, whose homeland is Tibet,” said Kanat. UHRP thanks Dr. Dorjee for his dedication to ending religious persecution around the world, including the moral clarity of his statement in the USCIRF 2020 Annual Report, when he declared, “The time is now for serious multilateral government and global policy actions to end ‘systematic, ongoing, and egregious’ religious freedom and human rights violations in China, including in Tibet and Xinjiang.” UHRP also applauds USCIRF for releasing translations of its 2020 report on China in  Uyghur, Tibetan, and Chinese. “To publish documentation of the suffering of our people in our own language is […]

  • Contact us

    AZIZ ISA ELKUN Director of Uyghur PEN Centre Online Revitalisation ProjectBoard member of Uyghur PEN CentreEmail: aziz.isaa@gmail.com Aziz Isa Elkun is a writer, poet and academic. He was born in Shayar County in East Turkistan. He graduated from Urumchi University. He has been living in London since 2001. In London, he studied at Birkbeck University. He has published many poems, stories, and research articles in both Uyghur and and Englishlanguage (www.azizisa.org). He has co-authored English language articles in Inner Asia and Central Asian Survey (‘Invitation to a Mourning Ceremony’: Perspectives on the Uyghur Internet and Islam by smartphone: reading the Uyghur Islamic revival on WeChat’). From 2013 to 2020, he worked as a Research Assistant on the “Sounding Islam China” and “Uyghur Meshrep in Kazakhstan” (www.meshrep.uk) projects based at SOAS, University of London. In 2012, he published his first book “Journey from Danube river to the Orkhun valley” in Uyghur. He is an active member of the exile Uyghur Community and founder of a Uyghur music group – the London Uyghur Ensemble. From September 2017 to October 2020, he has served as Secretary of the PEN International Uyghur Centre (www.uyghurpen.org). Since January 2021, he is working as a Director for the Uyghur PEN Centre Online Revitalisation Project.

  • Milliy Musteqilliq Biz Uyghurlardin Yene Qanchilik Uzaqta?

    Asiye Uyghur 1. Musteqilliqning shertliri we ré’alliqimizdiki mewjut mesililer Milliy musteqilliq bolsa her bir döletning allah ata qilghan hoquqi bolup , mustemlikichi döletlerning küchliri zor derijide ajizlighan 21-esirdimu yenila nurghun milletler öz dölitining musteqilliqi üchün tinimsiz köresh qiliwatidu. Elwette xelq’ara weziyet intayin murekkep we milliy musteqilliq heriketliri yenila nurghun döletlerning soda menpe’etige yandash bolsimu, emma bundaq ehwalning kélip chiqishimu kontrol qilish mumkin bolmaydighan ishlardur. Chünki dunya jama’iti bilen birge yashawatqan héchbir millet jama’et ichidiki ishlardin mustesna birer ishlarni wujutqa chiqiralmaydu. Undaqta biz yiraqni qoyup yéqinqi yeni ikki minginji yillardin kéyin musteqil bolghan döletlerge qarap baqayli: 1. Sherqiy timor démukratik jumhuriyiti, 16-esirdin bashlap portigaliye teripidin mustemlike qilin’ghan, kéyin gollandiye bilen birlikte mustemlike qilin’ghan dölet bolup, ikkinji dunya urushidin kéyin sherqiy timor portogaliyining bir ölkisi bolup qalghan. 1975-yili musteqilliq herikitini qozghighan we uzun yillar izchil köresh qilish dawamida 2002-yili musteqilliq élan qilghan we bashqa döletlerning birdek étirap qilishigha érishken. 2. Qara tagh jumhuriyiti. 19-esirdila musteqil dölet bolghan we étirap qilin’ghan bolsimu, lékin balqan ariligha jaylashqan bu dölet jughrapiyilik orni seweblik nurghun döletlerni “Bir Qismi”gha aylinip qalghan. 2-dunya urushidin kéyin yügüslawiye jumhuriyitining ittipaqdash dölitige aylinip qalghan. 90-yillardiki sowét ittipaqining parchilinishi bilen yuguslawiye ittipaqidiki nurghun döletler musteqilliq élan qilghan. Qara tagh bolsa 2006- 5-ayning 21-küni omum xelq awazgha qoyush arqiliq 5présenlik kichikkine üstünlük bilen musteqil bolghan we 6-ayning 3-küni 1-dunya urushidiki musteqil dölitini eslige keltürgen. Shu yili 6-ayning 28-küni b d t gha resmiy eza bolghan we dunya teripidin resmiy étirapqa érishken. 3. Jenubiy sudan jumhuriyiti. Afriqining sherqiy qismigha jaylashqan bu dölet sudan jumhuriyitidin ayrilip chiqqan bolup, 2011-yili 9-iyulda musteqilliq élan qilghan we afriqa chong quruqluqidiki 54-dölet bolghan shundaqla pütün dunyaning étirap qilishigha érishken. Bu dölet nöwette dunyadiki eng yash dölet hésablinidu. Yuqarqi üch döletning musteqil bolalishi bizge shuni ispatlap turuptiki, uyghur xelqi üchün musteqilliq peqet bir chüshla emes, belki tarixiy pursetlerge tolghan hazirqi […]

  • The PEN Charter

    PEN affirms that: Literature knows no frontiers and must remain common currency among people in spite of political or international upheavals. In all circumstances, and particularly in time of war, works of art, the patrimony of humanity at large, should be left untouched by national or political passion. Members of PEN should at all times use what influence they have in favour of good understanding and mutual respect between nations and people; they pledge themselves to do their utmost to dispel all hatreds and to champion the ideal of one humanity living in peace and equality in one world. PEN stands for the principle of unhampered transmission of thought within each nation and between all nations, and members pledge themselves to oppose any form of suppression of freedom of expression in the country and community to which they belong, as well as throughout the world wherever this is possible. PEN declares for a free press and opposes arbitrary censorship in time of peace. It believes that the necessary advance of the world towards a more highly organised political and economic order renders a free criticism of governments, administrations and institutions imperative. And since freedom implies voluntary restraint, members pledge themselves to oppose such evils of a free press as mendacious publication, deliberate falsehood and distortion of facts for political and personal ends. Where did our Charter come from?The Charter of PEN International has guided, unified and inspired its members for over 60 years. Its principles were implicit at the organisation’s founding in 1921. However, like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the PEN Charter was forged amidst the harsh realities of World War Two. It was approved at the 1948 PEN Congress in Copenhagen. Galsworthy’s inspirationPEN’s first president, the British novelist and playwright John Galsworthy, wrote the first three articles […]

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