Situation of Uyghurs in Central Asia

Surviving the genocide and crimes against humanity in East Turkistan

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East Turkistan is the homeland of the Turkic-speaking Uyghurs and other Central Asian peoples such as Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, Tatars, and Tajiks. But since China has taken over this region, the world witnessed grave human rights violations and dehumanization of this minority. Those who managed to escape, mainly settled in Central Asia where is the highest concentration of Uyghurs - especially in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. However even there they cannot live in peace, trembling for fear of sudden deportation as Chinese officials are creating visa problems and coercing them into becoming informants, evidence given to the international criminal court alleges. This webinar will be a chance to hear them out, to get better understanding of the current situation and to see what can be done at the EU level.

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15:30 - 15:35 Welcome & Introduction

  • Alieva Veli, MEP, Renew Europe - Vice-Chair of the DCAS delegation

15:35 - 16:05 Panel discussion

Panellists gets 5-7 min to present their point of view followed by a moderator discussion

Panel moderator: Róża Thun, MEP, Renew Europe - Member of the DCAS delegation

  • Asat Rayhan, Uyghur human rights advocate and lawyer
  • Koen Stoop, World Uyghur Congress EU Representative
  • Rushan Abbas, Founder and Executive Director of Campaign for Uyghurs
  • Farkhat Ibragimov, Uyghur community, Kyrgyzstan, human rights defender

16:05-16:25 Q&A discussion with participants

16:25-16:30 Closing remarks

  • Alieva Veli, MEP, Renew Europe - Vice-Chair of the DCAS delegation

*** Interpretation provided in English / French / Russian / German

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