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Husein Dzhelil standing in front of the Canadian Parliament buildings, Ottawa, Ontario, May2005.
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Bismillah ir-rahman ir-rahim

Kanada Uyghur Jemiyitining hörmetlik ezaliri,

Bilginingizlardek, 2012 yilning 6 ayda Ötkûzûlgen Kanada Uyghur Jemiyetti (KUJ) reis saylamida men , Kayum Masimov, Kanada Uyghur Jemiyitining reisi bolup saylanghan idim.

KUJ reisligimning ikki yillik muddeti 2014 yilning 6 ayda toshtu. Shu munasebet bilen Kanadada yengidin reis saylimi otkuzulushi lazim. Yengi reis saylanghuche men ijrayi reis sûpitide mezkur wezipemni dawamlashturimen.

Shu seweptin KUJ ezalirining bir saylam komititi qurup kiler qetimqi saylamning öz waqtida ötküzülishi üchün imkaniyet yaritishini soraymen.

Hörmet bilen,

Kayum Masimov


On behalf of Human Rights Watch Canada and Uyghur Canadian Society, we would like to invite you to attend the 12th Annual Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival taking place from March 24, 2015 to April 2, 2015.

You may be particularly interested in attending the screening of Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd, a documentary which chronicles the incredible odyssey of three refugees from China's persecuted Turkic-speaking Muslim minority, who fled to Afghanistan to seek sanctuary and found themselves rounded up and shipped to Guantanamo Bay as part of the US' indiscriminate "War on Terror." Please find the general e-vite for the film festival below. The full lineup of films can also be found on the TIFF website here: General tickets will go on sale at the TIFF website on February 25, 2015. We hope to see you at the festival.

Montreal Uyghur community took ac active role in this film making.

Latest News

Dear readers,

Please note link to the Reuters agency's recent article on Chinese state intimidation activities on exiled Uyghurs including those in Canada - entitled "How Beijing is infiltrating and intimidating Uighur exile communities, from the Americas to Europe to Australia"


Photo Release: Minister Jason Kenney Attends Iftar Reception on Parliament Hill

On June 22nd, Minister Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence and Minister for Multiculturalism, attended a wonderful multicultural Iftar reception hosted by Canada's Uyghur Muslim community and Member of Parliament Brad Butt. He was joined by his colleagues Minister Tim Uppal and Member of Parliament Joe Daniel.


The Epoch Times of Canada published an article on Chinese regime practices of intimidation and surveillance done on various dissident groups including Uyghurs. Please note below text and the link to it:


The Globe and Mail published article on Uyghurs in Canada. Below is the link. Many thanks to those to dared to came forward and provide interview:


Dear Friends,

On December 30th 2014 the Hon. John Baird, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada has replied to the written request made by Madame Rabiya Kadeer from WUC (World Uyghur Congress) and Kayum Masimov (Uyghur Canadian Society) on the plight of Uyghur refugees stranded in South East Asia.

This letter posted on UCS website for your information. Click here to view it.


On November 27th the "Universite du Montreal" International Affairs Department's students presented the case of Uyghurs, their Human Right's violations and the link to the International Crime Justice System.

More than ninety students were present, questions and answers session followed.

Please note pictures from the event


Head of UCS participated in annual Tibetan Cultural Fair in Montreal on November 9th where the presentation on the current situation of Uyghurs was delivered.

Note attached link and photo picture from the event. You can read it here:


On the occasion of PM Stephen Harper's travel to China the Coalition of Human Rights Activists (Uyghur, TIbet, Amnesty International, Falun Dafa and Hong Kong groups) held a press-conference at the Parliament on Thursday November 6 in Ottawa. Please note the link for a Coalition letter which was submitted to the attention of our Prime Minister.


Central Asia Program is now on YouTube!

In case you missed it...

The Policy Debate

View more videos from out recent Uyghur Conference on YouTube.

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Head of UCS met with Hon. Maria Mourani, the independent Federal MP on occasion of the opening ceremony at Turkish Tulip Park in Montreal on May 22nd 2014






Dear Friends,

Please find the official transcript of the Parliamentary hearings on March 4, 2014 dedicated on Uyghurs -

Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee
on Foreign Affairs and International Development

under this link:


Ottawa based Muslim Link reported on recent visit to Canada of Madame Kadeer

Suspected Uighurs rescued from Thai trafficking camp

World Uyghur Congress



International Human Rights Day


On November 19th 2013 Toronto Uyghur Community celebrated 80th anniversary of the establishment of East Turkistan Republic

(read document)

"The 6th International Conference on Global Support for Democratization in China and Asia" in Toronto

"The 6th International Conference on Global Support for Democratization in China and Asia" in Toronto

UCS' President Kayum Masimov visited Ankara Uyghur branch of WUC (Ankara Uygur Dayanisma Dernegi) on October 2nd 2013

UCS President participated "the capacity building training programme" for civil society organizations organized by the Presidency for Turks abroad and related communities between september 29 and October 3rd of 2013" in Ankara, Turkey.

"UCS' President Kayum Masimov visited Ankara Uyghur branch of WUC (Ankara Uygur Dayanisma Dernegi) on October 2nd 2013"

"UCS' President Kayum Masimov visited Ankara Uyghur branch of WUC (Ankara Uygur Dayanisma Dernegi) on October 2nd 2013"

(see more pictures)

UCS President together with Hon Wayne Marston, NDP party during August 11st festivities event

On August 11th 2013 Uyghur Canadian Society together with the five other Turkish communities of Montreal hosted a reception celebrating the end of Ramadan.

Ambassador of Turkey, Azerbadjian, Consul of Hungary, MP's from Liberal and NDP parties were present as well Turkish Government officials. Please refer to for more information.

(see more pictures)



One Free World International, Federation for a Democratic China and Uyghur Canadian Society Call for International Support Following Human Rights Violations Against Uyghurs



The head of UCS met with Alex Neve, Director of Amnesty International of Canada

Uyghur Canadian Society (UCS) Condemns Boston blast

USC President briefed NDP's leader Mr. Thomas Mulcair

UCS new seal issued

Kanada Uyghur Jamiyitining Namayish Uhturushi
2013-yil 6-April

"Navruz" New Year Celebrations

Bismillahi rahmanul rahim


UCS President met with Hon. Irwin Cotler, MP, Liberal Party at his Circonscription office in Montreal on February 20th 2013. Uyghur related issues were discussed (Huseyn Celil, CNOC, FIPA, Canada - China relationships).


Kanada Uyghur Jamiyiti 5-fewral Ghulja Inqilawining 16 yillighi munasiwiti bilan Hittay tajawuzchillirigha qarishi Hittayning Torontodiki konsulhanisi aldida namayish orunlashturdi. Namayish 2013-yil 3-fewral (yakshanba) attigan sa'at 10 din 12 gicha dawamlishidu. Qerindashlarning namayishqa aktip chiqishini wa oz-ara hawar qilip qoyushini otunup soraymiz. Namayishqa chiqish - sharap, namayishtin qelish - numus.

Hittayning Torontodiki konsulhanisining adirisi:
240 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5R 2N5 Canada

Hormat bilan,

Kanada Uyghur Jamiyiti

Askartish: Namayishning 3-fewral yakshanbiga orunlashturulishida kerindashlarning dam-elish waqtidin paydilinip namayishqa aktip chiqishi maqsad qilindi

New Year celebrations

Following UCS’ letter and the submitted report on forced disappearances in Uyghur region after 2009 Urumchi riots, the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Mr. John Baird replied with explanation letter of Canada’s stance on human rights issues in China and the violation of ethnic minorities rights such as Uyghurs in particular.

UCS is to host seminar on "Internet Security Tools"

UCS would like to congratulate Uyghur diaspora on upcoming Eid Al-adha (Kurban-bayram) festivities. We wish all the best to Uyghur Canadians!

UCS would like to congratulate Uyghur diaspora on upcoming Eid Al-adha (Kurban-bayram) festivities. We wish all the best to Uyghur Canadians!

UCS President participated in Canadian Asia Task Force meeting on October 22nd 2012 in Montreal and discussed Uyghur related issues.
UCS President participated in Canadian Asia Task Force meeting on October 22nd 2012 in Montreal and discussed Uyghur related issues. On photo ex-Ambassador of Canada to China and Japan Mr. Robert. G.Wright and Madame Pearl Wierenga from Greater China Division of the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

UCS President met with Canadian Ambassador to China Guy St-Jacques on October 10th 2012 and discussed Uyghur related issues

UCS is planning to attend on October 22nd the Roundtable of Canada Asia Task force on human rights issues in Montreal. More information to follow

Date: Monday October 22nd 10-3 pm
Location: Grande Bibliotheque Room 450, 475 Maisonneuve Est, Montreal, H2L 5C4

Demonstration on October 1st 2012 in front of Chinese consulate in Toronto

On Monday October 1st Chinese communist government will celebrate the 63rd anniversary of its creation. On the same day we will hold demonstration against the very same regime in front of Chinese consulate in Toronto. We, are Uyghur people, Turkic speaking Muslims from so-called Xinjiang* region of China. Twice in the past century we have succeeded in gaining our independence from then nationalist China (respectively in 1933 and 1944) but alas dreams were short lived. In the days following Mao's proclamations of the People's Republic of China establishment the Red Liberation Army invaded our homeland Eastern Turkistan.

UCS successfully held Internet security seminar in Toronto on September 8th 2012. Comments and pictures will be posted soon

UCS successfully held Internet security seminar in Toronto on September 8th 2012. Comments and pictures will be posted soon

Reflections on Chinese Policy in Xinjiang - Uighur Autonomous Region
An eyewitness account of 5 July 2009 and the aftermath, By R.A

Eyewitness to 5 July, 2009
Reflections on Chinese Policy in Xinjiang
By “R.A.” First published in Great Britain in 2011
by Islamic Human Rights Commission
PO Box 598, Wembley, HA9 7XH
© 2011 Islamic Human Rights Commission
World Uyghur Congress (WUC) Troubled by Witness Accounts on Hotan IncidentPress release – For immediate release
19 July 2011

Contact: World Uyghur Congress
Tel. 0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or e-mail

Based on several witness accounts, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) has serious doubts about the official version of the incident in Hotan, East Turkestan. While the WUC unequivocally condemns all acts of violence, it urges the international community to view Chinese state media reports on the incident with extreme skepticism and caution since similar events in the past have proven that the Chinese government is systematically spreading false information and suppressing any information that contradicts its official narrative.
Clash in China's Xinjiang killed 20: exile group

Twenty protesters from China's minority Uighur community were killed in a clash with police in the ethnically tense northwestern region of Xinjiang, a Uighur exile group said Tuesday.
State media quoted an official in the region calling Monday's clash a "terrorist" attack and said four people including a police officer were killed when a crowd set upon a police station in the remote city of Hotan.
But Uighur activists called it an outburst of anger by ordinary members of the mainly Muslim ethnic minority, and accused authorities of attempting to block information on the deadly incident.
The Germany-based World Uyghur Congress, citing sources in Xinjiang, said security forces beat 14 people to death and shot dead six others during the unrest.
"The Chinese authorities should immediately cease their systematic oppression to prevent a further escalation of the situation," said Dilxat Raxit, a spokesman for the group.
Chinese Police 'Gun Down' Xinjiang Demonstrators in Clash

-- Police gunned down rioters in northwestern China's Xinjiang region yesterday, with the official state media and an organization representing the Uighur ethnic group giving conflicting accounts of the incident.
China's official Xinhua News Agency, citing unidentified people at the Ministry of Public Security, said rioters rushed a police station in the city of Hotan at about 12 p.m. yesterday, taking hostages and setting the building on fire. One member of the armed police, a security officer and two hostages were killed, one security officer was severely injured and police "gunned down several rioters," the news service said.
Torontoda Uyghur mesilisi: Xiristan we yehudi dinidikilerning wekilliri Uyghurlar bilen jem boldi

Kanada Uyghur Jemiyiti teshviqat bolumi teyyarlidi
5- iyul küni kechte, Toronto sheheridiki “Catch The fire” chérkowida,kanadaliq siyasetchiler, kishilik hoquq paaliyetchiliri we xiristiyan hem yehudi dinliri wekillirining qatnishishi bilen uyghurlarni qollash we ularning heqqaniy dawasigha medet bérish paaliyiti ötküzüldi.Bu paaliyet Kanada Uyghur jemiyiti bilen “Erkin bir Dunya”jemiyitining(One Free World International Canada) hemkarliqida uyushturulghan bolup,bu paaliyette, Xitay mustebitlirining hökümranliq astida uyghurlarning tartiwatqan zulumlirini,bolupmu 5-iyul Ürümchidiki hökümetke qarshi tenchliq namayishi we uningdin keyin hazirghiche dawamlishiwatqan.....
Chinese Security Efforts Questioned Two Years After Xinjiang Riots

Chinese state media are questioning whether security forces have gone too far in cracking down ondissidents in western Xinjiang province two years after deadly riots that killed nearly 200 people.

In an article marking the anniversary of the riots Tuesday, the Communist Party-controlled Global Times newspaper quotes a law professor saying the region is "over-emphasizing stability preservation" and could be fueling increased tensions.

The article says life has largely returned to normal in Urumqi, the provincial capital. But it notes authorities have doubled the region's security budget and installed about 40,000 security cameras.
Christian, Muslim and Jewish Leaders Uniting in Toronto July 5th for Interfaith Human Rights Event in Support of Persecuted Uyghur Community

On July 5, 2011, One Free World International will host an interfaith event in Toronto to raise awareness and support for the persecuted Uyghur community. Speakers will include members of the Canadian Parliament, leaders from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities, and a keynote address by Rev. Majed El Shafie. The event will take place from 7:00 pm-9:00 p.m. at Catch The Fire Church (formerly Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship), located at 272 Attwell Drive in Etobicoke.

"Our main goal is to bring awareness to the situation in East Turkistan and the plight of the Uyghurs living under Chinese colonial rule," says keynote speaker and One Free World International founder Rev. Majed El Shafie. "We will also promote and bring attention to the urgent needs of the Uyghur refugees."
Kazakhstan deports Uighur to China, rights groups cry foul

People attend a rally to protest against the sale of Kazakh national resources to China in Almaty, May 28, 2011
ALMATY, June 7 (Reuters) - Kazakhstan has extradited an ethnic Uighur schoolteacher who had been granted UN refugee status to face charges of terrorism in China, a diplomat said on Tuesday, drawing condemnation from rights groups who said the case was politically motivated.
Using the internet in the People's Republic of China

China makes no secret of its desire, and ability, to control internet access, but even at a glance it's clear that the Great Firewall Of China leaks like the proverbial sieve.

We had the chance to try our hand at breaching that wall on a recent trip to visit Huawei in Shenzhen. Our hosts kindly supplied us with China Mobile SIMs for data access so we could see the internet as the Chinese see it, and we managed to test out wi-fi connectivity at a local hotel with similar results - only the hotel wi-fi didn't kick us off entirely for asking the wrong questions.
China to address pollution, disasters, relocation problems in Three Gorges region

SHANGHAI — China has admitted that its showcase Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric project, has caused a slew of urgent environmental, geologic and economic problems.

The State Council, or Cabinet, made the rare admission in a statement late Wednesday that said the $23 billion project was successful but requires action to curb pollution, counter risks of natural disasters and improve the living standards of the 1.4 million people who were forced to relocate.
Travel Ban Extends to Family

Chinese authorities increase restrictions on a Uyghur economist to include his wife and children.Chinese authorities have extended a travel ban on an outspoken Uyghur professor to include members of his family and have stepped up surveillance on the man’s Beijing home since the New Year.
Ilham Tohti, an economist at Beijing’s Central Nationalities University, said he had been approached by Public Security Bureau police before the new year and handed a document which said that no one, including his wife and children, would be allowed to leave the capital.
Uyghurs Held in Tajikistan

Three Uyghur businessmen may face extradition to China.
Three Uyghur businessmen with Turkish citizenship have been detained by authorities in Tajikistan, sparking fears that the men may have been held due to pressure from China, according to Uyghur groups.
They claimed that on Jan. 8, security forces in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe first picked up Ablimit Dawatoglu, whose brother was executed years ago by authorities in China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
Uyghur Student Sentenced to Death
01 January 2011

A female Uyghur student in northwestern China was sentenced to death with a two-year suspension following a trial last April on charges of participating in ethnic riots that left hundreds dead, according to a classmate.
Pezilet Ekber became the second Uyghur woman to receive the death penalty in connection to the unrest. Another woman was executed by Chinese authorities earlier this year.
“Nobody knows what exactly led to Pezilet Ekber receiving such a heavy punishment, other than her ‘involvement in violence,’ because the trial was secret and her parents were only just informed of the decision,” her classmate, who asked to remain anonymous, wrote in a letter.
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