Columbia Law School: Mass Internment of Uyghurs and other Muslim Populations in China

By Uighur Times.

March 12, 2019. Columbia Law School, NY

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 @ 6:40pm to 8:40pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 106

Speakers: Zubeyre Shemsidin, Project Director, Uyghur Human Rights Project; Darren Byler, Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington; Tahir Imin, Founder of Uighur Institute and Uigher Times.
Moderator: Jessica Batke, Senior Editor, ChinaFile.

Since 2017, reports have indicated that at least one million Uyghur and other Chinese Muslims have been interned in “re-education camps” without due process rights or trial. How are they transferred to the camps? What are the conditions there and the consequences of mass internment and indoctrination on the population? What are the root causes behind this campaign? How does the Chinese government justify these actions? And what have international and domestic responses been?
In the 2 hours long panel, the expert panelists explored current practices of the Chinese government in surveilling, monitoring, and interning Uighur and other Muslim populations in the Uighur homeland, and addressed what human rights advocates and the broader public can do to end these systemic human rights violations.

Zubeyre Shemsidin introduced how China is targeting Uighur intellectuals and trying to wipe out Uighur ethnic identity.

Dr.Darren Byler highlighted Chinese “Terror Capitalism” and how China is doing its best to maximize its capacity to control and restrict Uighur people by high technology and different political measures such as forcing Uighurs to install spyware and restrict freedom of movement, expression, culture, and religious rights.

Tahir Imin has given a presentation titled “Terrorist Babies’ locked up in isolated Camps. He introduced Chinese efforts to wipe out the entire Uighur nation and measures to regenerate new Uighurs with Chinese characteristics.

Tahir Imin has lost contact with his 7-year-old daughter since Feb 2018 when she told him on the interaction of police that “he is a bad person and Chinese police are nice people, you have brought so many troubles for my mom, so don’t call us again.”

This event is co-sponsored by ISHR and SIPA. It was free and open to the public.

A reception with Uighur food has followed the event, catered by Kebab Empire (local Uyghur cuisine).


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