Human Rights in Xinjiang: Recent Developments

628 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 | Friday, February 13, 2009 - 10:00am to 11:30am
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At this CECC Roundtable, a panel of experts provided an overview of recent developments in the Muslim ethnic minority region of Xinjiang, and discussed the impact of Chinese government policy on human rights conditions in the region. In its 2008 Annual Report, the Commission reported an increase in repression in Xinjiang amid security preparations for the Olympic Games, intensified anti-terrorism campaigns in the region, and heightened social controls following protests among ethnic minorities in China. In the aftermath of these events, authorities have continued to implement security measures and policies to promote assimilation, especially among the ethnic Uyghur population.


Ms. Louisa Greve, Program Director for East Asia, National Endowment for Democracy

Dr. Katherine Palmer Kaup, Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair, Department of Asian Studies, Furman University

Ms. Amy Reger, Researcher, Uyghur Human Rights Project

Mr. Nury A. Turkel, Attorney, Kirstein & Young, PLLC