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A forgotten crisis - Plight of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang

March 23, 2019 11:04 AM

Map of XinjiangSatellite pictures, budget scrutiny and project tender documents, have contributed to mounting evidence from local testimony that the Chinese authorities in Xinjiang in Western China are embarked on a strategy of mass incarceration of the broadly secular majority Muslim Uyghur population in the province.

The Chinese authorities admit to having 13,000 'terrorists' interned for re-education, in a clear allusion to the Western war on terror narrative. However, evidence suggests between 250,000 and 2m have been arrested and imprisoned in camps for as little as wearing a hijab, or attending an ancient mosque 'unapproved' by the Chinese Communist Party.

Liberal International British Group (LIBG), is hosting a forum on the treatment of the Uighur majority in Xinjiang, China on

Date: 2 April 2019

Time: 6.30-8.30pm

Venue: Lady Violet Room, National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2HE.

The discussion will focus on the mass internment issue, the strategies of the Chinese central government in the region, and measures being taken to pressure the Chinese Communist Party to step down from the oppression - which is seemingly designed to suppress adherence to the Islamic faith and ensure loyalty to the Han-based regime in Beijing. The meeting will hear harrowing evidence from Uyghurs and from those who have been travelling in the area, trying to get to the full truth.

The speakers at the event include Alistair Carmichael MP, who has been raising the matter in the UK parliament and in international fora; Rachel Harris, SOAS Reader in Ethnomusicoloogy specialising in China and Central Asia, having conducted fieldwork in Xinjiang and region for 20 years; Rahine Mahmut. London-based Uyghur Muslim who is a human rights activist and Uyghur singer and Paul Reynolds, international adviser on economics & security, working both in the region and with the Chinese authorities will explore the Chinese government motives.

The meeting will be chaired by Co-founder of CLDs, Merlene Emerson, Vice-Chair of LibDems Federal International Relations Committee and executive member of LIBG.

All with an interest in the Uyghurs, in Central Asia, and China's western regions policy including the 'Belt & Road initiative' are welcome to attend. The event is free.