Event Oct 23: China’s Persecution of Uyghurs at Home and Abroad


China’s Persecution of Uyghurs at Home and Abroad

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Capitol Visitor Center, Room HVC-201


Ferkat Jawdat, Uyghur American

Omer Kanat, Director, Uyghur Human Rights Project

Doug Robison, Board Chair, ChinaAid

Moderator: Annie Boyajian, Director of Advocacy, Freedom House


ChinaAid, Freedom House, the George W. Bush Institute, and the Uyghur Human Rights Project

The Chinese government has established a militarized police state equipped with cutting-edge surveillance technology in the Uyghur homeland, and has swept an estimated 1.5 to 2 million people into a massive system of ethnic-concentration camps. Experts have called the persecution of Uyghurs in China “a massive crime against humanity” and “the stain of the century.”

Control and persecution extends beyond China’s borders. Uyghurs outside China are also subject to extraterritorial surveillance and coercion. UHRP’s latest report, Repression Across Borders: the CCP’s Illegal Harassment and Coercion of Uyghur Americans, documents the ongoing and flagrant violations of federal law on U.S. soil. Agents of a foreign power are surveilling and terrorizing our own fellow American citizens, with threats to send their remaining family members to the camps if they speak out about what is happening in East Turkestan. UHRP is calling on the U.S. government to take effective diplomatic and law-enforcement measures.

On October 7 and 8, 2019, the U.S. government announced visa and export-control sanctions on the government entities and private companies facilitating this human-rights catastrophe in China. Pending bills in the Congress would create a legislative mandate for an effective U.S. and global response.

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