“We know you better than you know yourself”: China’s transnational repression of the Uyghur diaspora

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Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Time: 4:30–6:00 p.m. EST
Location: 1602 L Street NW, Washington DC (9th Floor)
Contact: Peter Irwin, Uyghur Human Rights Project (pirwin@uhrp.org)
RSVP to: info@uhrp.org

Speakers: Dr. David Tobin (Lecturer in East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield), Nyrola Elimä (Independent researcher)

Moderator: Babur Ilchi, Uyghur Human Rights Project

Join the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) with Dr. David Tobin and Nyrola Elimä for a presentation of their new report focusing on transnational repression in the Uyghur diaspora, followed by discussion and Q&A.

The speakers will present their newly released report, “We know you better than you know yourself”: China’s transnational repression of the Uyghur diaspora. The report finds that the scale of transnational repression in the Uyghur diaspora is universal, and its impact severely restricts their rights to free speech and associations, and even the capacity to maintain their culture.

Transnational repression has expanded in Xi Jinping’s “new era,” but its tactics have gradually changed since 2017, with increased use of Uyghur informants to gather intelligence while backing off from harassing those who resist pressure. These tactics have evolved to avoid international attention by harassing isolated individuals, placing community figures under surveillance, quietly intimidating Uyghurs from speaking publicly and even enlisting them to create positive images of China.

The event will be streamed live online to UHRP’s YouTube channel here.


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