Once interned in China, Uyghur American fights for religious freedom

Nury Turkel in a photo provided by USCIRF.

By Leigh Hartman
Jun 23, 2020

Nury Turkel was born in a reeducation camp during China’s Cultural Revolution. Today, he is fighting for religious freedom in China and around the world as a newly appointed commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

A Uyghur American, Turkel says his May 26 appointment to the Commission shows that the U.S. government is sending a strong message that China’s internment of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region where he was born is unacceptable.

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