Government Boarding Schools as a Tool of Genocide in the 21st Century: Uyghur and Tibetan Family Separation

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022 | 1:00–2:00 p.m. EDT

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From July 24 to 29, Pope Francis is visiting Canada, when he will publicly apologize for the suffering and abuse in the Catholic boarding schools for Canada’s indigenous peoples, following his historic apology at the Vatican in April. In May 2022, the U.S. government released an unprecedented report on 53 burial sites at 408 boarding schools for Native American children across 37 states, operating between 1819 and 1969. These historic crimes are recognized as causing lifelong and generational trauma.

Now in the 21st Century, the Chinese government is operating a vast system of colonial boarding schools in Tibet, including at least 50 mandatory boarding preschools holding 100,000 Tibetan children, ages 4 to 6. The Chinese government is also operating mandatory boarding schools for Uyghur children as part of its genocidal policies, in a systematic effort to separate Uyghur children from their families, affecting an estimated 900,000 children. Please join us for a discussion of the implications of these crimes and the need for a policy response.

This event is cosponsored by Peace Catalyst International, Silk Road Peace Project, Tibet Action Institute, Uyghur American Association, Campaign for Uyghurs, Uyghur Human Rights Project, and Uyghur Wellness Initiative.

Opening remarks:

  • Bill Clark, Peace Catalyst International


  • Lhadon Tethong, Tibet Action Institute
  • Adrian Zenz, Victims of Communism Memorial
  • Elfidar Iltebir, Uyghur American Association
  • Nathan Duddles, Silk Road Peace Project


  • Louisa Greve, Uyghur Human Rights Project


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