Understanding the Uighur Situation in Xinjiang
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Understanding the Uighur Situation in Xinjiang
10 January @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
In August of last year, human rights experts in the UN called on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to release the nearly one-million Uighurs that have been interned in re-education camps, under the pretext of countering terrorism. The historic parallels of detentions based on religious identity in the 20th century are obvious. And yet, rather than attempt to ameliorate the damage to its reputation by stopping or slowing the arrests, Beijing has continued to expand the facilities for more prisoners and attempted to re-brand them as “labour training” camps. The province of Xinjiang – far in the West of China – has a significance for all of us.
This approach toward detentions and extra-legal measures is a dark sign of China’s approach toward power and indicates what kind of order Beijing may seek to build. Second, its utilization of technology and media highlights the dangers of any authoritarian state using both to create a surveillance society. Frankly, it is an Orwellian techno-nightmare. Finally, while some Western media have reported on the Uighur situation, the fact is that the PRC’s economic leverage has silenced many voices on this issue in the global and Islamic media, which is another sign of the type of order the Party intends to export.
By kind invitation of Lord Hannay of Chiswick, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to join the panel discussion in which Benedict Rogers, Rosie Blau, Dr. Enver Tohti and Rahima Mahmut will discuss the Uighur situation in Xinjiang.
Benedict Rogers is a British human rights activist and writer based in London. His work focuses on Asia, specialising particularly in Burma, North Korea, China and Indonesia, but has also covered the Maldives, East Timor and Pakistan. He is the East Asia Team Leader at the international human rights organization CSW, and a regular contributor to international media including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Diplomat and the Huffington Post and has appeared on BBC, CNN, Sky News, Al Jazeera and other television and radio stations. He is the co-founder and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party’s human rights commission, and authored its 2016 report on China, The Darkest Moment: The crackdown on human rights in China 2013-2016, its report on forced organ harvesting in China and its forthcoming report on China’s Confucius Institutes. He is also the founder and Chairman of Hong Kong Watch, and was refused entry to Hong Kong in 2017. He is co-founder of the International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea, a member of the advisory board of the International Coalition to End Organ Trafficking in China (ETAC), and a trustee of the Phan Foundation and the Chin Human Rights Foundation. He has written three books which focus on Burma and co-authored two others on Christian human rights obligations.
Rosie Blau is Editor of 1843, The Economist’s lifestyle and culture magazine, named for the year The Economist was founded. From 2014-17 she was based in Beijing as China Correspondent for The Economist. She reported from across the country on everything from politics and foreign policy to society, culture and ethnicity. She joined The Economist in May 2011 as a reporter on the Britain section. Prior to that she worked at the Financial Times. Her jobs there included Books Editor, Leader Writer and Assistant World News Editor. She served as a judge for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2010.
Enver Tohti – is a human rights activist and public speaker on the atrocities carried out against the Uighur. Tohti’s former role as a surgeon brought him in contact with the horrifying crime of organ harvesting. In 1995, he was compelled to carry one out, an experience he has never forgotten, and one for which he will not forgive the Chinese authorities. It is alleged that the Chinese state carries out up to 60,000 to 100,000 transplants each year on political opponents, which often kill the subjects.
Rahima Mahmut – is a singer, translator and human rights activist based in London. Her translation of The Land Drenched in Tears, by Soyungul Chanisheff won English Pen Translation Award and published in July this year by Hertfordshire Press.
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