UPCOMING EVENT: A Different Kind of Prison: Mass Surveillance in Xinjiang and Its Global Implications

Thursday, June 27, 2019 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
CSIS Headquarters, 2nd Floor


The event will be webcast live from this page.

The Human Rights Initiative at CSIS invites you to a public event on the mass detention and surveillance of Muslims in Xinjiang, China and the risks such technologies may pose as they are implemented in other areas of China and globally.

Over one million Uyghurs and Muslims from other ethnic minority groups have been detained by the Chinese government and sent to “re-education” internment camps. Sources indicate that detainees are psychologically and physically abused. Uyghurs outside the camps in Xinjiang are also not free, as they are kept under constant surveillance, often using advanced technology. The Chinese government is increasingly testing this technology in Xinjiang and exporting it nationally and globally, with concerning implications for democracy and human rights.

This event will focus on how this surveillance technology is being used and disseminated across the globe, which poses a risk of great harm to human rights and democracy, particularly if deployed without adequate safeguards.

This event is made possible through general support.


Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI)

Member, House Armed Services Committee

Sophie Richardson

China Director at Human Rights Watch

Sarah Cook

Senior Research Analyst for East Asia at Freedom House

Emily Rauhala

Staff writer, the Washington Post

Nury Turkel

Attorney and Board Chair, Uyghur Human Rights Project


Amy K. Lehr

Director, Human Rights Initiative