Uncovering Xinjiang: What's happening to China's Uyghurs?

Dec 9, 2019, 4:30 pm4:30 pm
East Pyne 010



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Over a million Uyghurs have been arbitrarily detained in concentration camps in China's Xinjiang Province. What exactly is going on in Xinjiang, why is China treating the Uyghurs in this fashion, and why has so little been done so far?

Join us for this panel discussion to hear from experts on the issue, who will share their personal stories and analysis of the situation.

Catered reception to follow.

Andréa Worden, J.D., M.A., is a human rights advocate and consultant, writer, and translator. She previously held positions as Senior Counsel/General Counsel of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), Advocacy Director of the International Campaign for Tibet, and acting Executive Director of Asia Catalyst, a health rights advocacy nonprofit, among others. Professor Worden currently teaches at Johns Hopkins and has previously taught law school courses on the Chinese legal system. Her current research and writing focuses on China’s engagement with the United Nations’ human rights mechanisms.

Jewher Ilham is a Uyghur rights advocate and the daughter of renowned Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti, who was detained in 2014 and imprisoned for life. As an advocate for her father, she testified before the U.S. Congressional-Executive Committee on China, wrote op-eds in the New York Times, met with a number of government officials including former Secretary of State John Kerry, and received numerous awards worldwide on behalf of her father. She recounted her experiences in the book Jewher Ilham: A Uyghur's Fight to Free Her Father, released in 2015.

Nury Turkel is an attorney in Washington, DC and serves as Chair of the board for the Uyghur Human Rights Project, a research and advocacy organization that he co-founded in 2004 and for which he served as Executive Director until 2006. Mr. Turkel has testified before the U.S. Congress and presented at universities, government institutions, and foreign policy forums. He has published commentaries on policy and legal matters in publications such as The Wall Street Journal and Foreign Policy and has appeared on radio and television programs on CNN, BBC, Fox News, Al Jazeera, France 24, NPR and ABC Australia, among others.

  • Princeton U.S. China Coalition
  • Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice
  • USG Projects Board
  • East Asian Studies Program
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