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The Chinese government is under increased pressure over its archipelago of mass detention camps, holding approximately one million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (also known as East Turkestan). Beijing has responded with a flurry of contradictory rhetoric, first denying that the camps exist, then portraying them as voluntary vocational training centres, and most recently describing them as a ‘counter-terrorism’ measure that Europe should learn from.
In this public seminar, a panel of experts and practitioners will focus on some of the core questions surrounding the evolution of this crisis. Why is this happening now? How many people are in the camps? What are the implications for the Uyghur people, China and the international community?
Dr Michael Clarke is Associate Professor at the National Security College, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU and Director of the ANU-Indiana University Pan-Asia Institute. He is an internationally recognised expert on the history and politics of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, People’s Republic of China (PRC), Chinese foreign policy in Central Asia, Central Asian geopolitics, and nuclear proliferation and non-proliferation.
Nury A. Turkel is an attorney in Washington, D.C. specialising in regulatory compliance, with a focus on anti-bribery investigation and enforcement, data privacy, and aviation. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Turkel serves as Chair of the Board for the Uyghur Human Rights Project, a documentation-based advocacy organization that he co-founded in 2004 and for which he served as Executive Director until 2006.
Louisa Greve is Director for External Affairs for the Uyghur Human Rights Project, based in Washington, DC. She is an expert on human rights in China and an experienced non-profit advisor, and has traveled and worked in China since 1980. Ms. Greve was formerly Vice President for Programs and East Asia Director at the National Endowment for Democracy. She is the author of several book chapters on ethnic issues and human rights in China, and has testified before the U.S. Congress on democracy and human rights in Asia. Ms. Greve also serves as Washington Fellow for CSW, a UK-based advocacy group promoting freedom of religion or belief for all peoples and faiths, chairs the U.S. Committee to End Transplant Abuse in China, and serves on the board of Liberty’s Promise.
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