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Trapped in the System: Experiences of Uyghur Detention in Xinjiang
February 2, 2021
More than a million — some say 3 million — Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities have been arbitrarily detained and imprisoned in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region since 2016. While outlets like Radio Free Asia (RFA) have played a pivotal role in exposing Beijing’s sweeping detentions in the Uyghur homeland, documenting the process by which Chinese authorities target, interrogate, and detain Uyghurs and other minorities has been murky. Recently, RFA’s research department carried out a series of in-depth interviews with survivors from these camps. These rich firsthand accounts from the inside provide not just a detailed scene of the brutal en masse interrogations, incarcerations, classifications, and means of torture, but heart-wrenching, vivid pictures of the human beings caught in its gears.
Please join the George Washington University’s Central Asia Program on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at 10 am US ET as Dr. Sean Roberts, Associate Professor of International Affairs and Director of the International Development Studies Program at GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs, hosts a discussion with Radio Free Asia about its forthcoming report. Speakers will include Betsy Henderson, Chief Strategy Officer and head of RFA’s audience research program; Alim Seytoff, Director of RFA’s Uyghur Service; and Human Rights Watch’s Maya Wang, China Senior Researcher.