They also voice concerns over the conditions Ilham Tohti faces in prison.
Three students who were released believe authorities in the North African country may have deported them back to China.
The story was told by a 'terrified' friend under questioning by police, the woman's brother says.
The trial comes against a backdrop of growing security measures targeting the region's mostly Muslim ethnic minority groups.
The detainees had been following a live-stream of a recent fight by the former Chinese welterweight boxer who emigrated to Kazakhstan in 2011.
Five categories of people held extrajudicially and isolated from families without having committed any crimes.
Ethnic Kazakh Mahathir Halaman is handed a one-year jail term for ‘praying five times a day at home,’ regional sources say.
Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang deny reports from an ethnically Kazakh region that a man died in police custody on Eid al-Adha.
Authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have detained dozens of Kazakhs in a crackdown on devout Muslims or those with links overseas since May.
The new policy follows efforts in the capital to document residents based on ethnic background.
Officials say buyers are eligible only if their neighbors are from a different ethnic group.
Kyrgyz are being sent to reeducation centers, while their traditions are slowly stamped out.
Haliq Mahmut had not taken part in protests, but removed a bullet from a fellow Uyghur’s leg.
The directive to recall Seypidin Azizi's books suggests Beijing aims to whitewash Uyghur history, observers say.
They call Dolkun Isa's detention by Italian police an attack on the right to freedom of expression.
Hebibulla Tohti had been lauded by China’s official Islamic Association for his accomplishments.
Prayer services are now preceded by flag ceremonies and lectures on patriotism.
The new directive prohibits use of the language in schools up to and including the secondary level in Hotan prefecture.
Dolkun Isa was stopped at the Italian Senate, where he was to speak on Uyghur issues.
Meanwhile, nearly 100 Uyghurs are being held by Egypt’s national intelligence service.
Hezritieli Memet has been held since February, when his parents were taken into custody.
Reports suggest the more than 200 Uyghurs are being interrogated ahead of deportation to China.
Non-Hans in Xinjiang’s capital are rated by 10 categories, including whether they are Uyghur.
University leaders meanwhile meet with official Chinese delegations, deny anyone detained 'on campus.'
The death of ethnic Kazakh imam Akmet in police custody is officially blamed on suicide, but those who supported him are being rounded up.
Fearful Uyghurs scramble to get out of Egypt and avoid forced return to China, where they risk torture and arbitrary jailing.
Many are seized while trying to flee to Turkey, while others go into hiding to evade police, sources say.
Many detainees face charges of "illegal religious activities" after they traveled overseas on pilgrimage, while others face "extremism" charges.
Residents of the regional capital must hand over all digital devices by the end of July as part of an ‘anti-terror’ operation.
Rizwangul Tursun was returned to China after trying to travel to Turkey to join her family in exile.