[主页]->[独立中文笔会]->[滕彪文集]->[Draconic Restrictions on Uyghur Cultural And Religious Freedoms]
·因家暴杀夫被核准死刑 学界联名呼吁“刀下留人”
·川妇因反抗家暴面临死刑 各界紧急呼吁刀下留人
·Activist’s Death Questioned as U.N. Considers Chinese Rights Report
·Tales of an unjust justice
·What Is a “Legal Education Center” in China
·曹雅学:谁是许志永—— 与滕彪博士的访谈
·高层有人倒行逆施 民间却在不断成长
·China’s growing human rights movement can claim many accomplishments
·Testimony at CECC Hearing on China’s Crackdown on Rights Advocates
·Tiananmen at 25: China's next revolution may already be underway
·"Purdue Consensus on Religious Freedom"
·Beijing urged to respect religious freedom amid ‘anti-church’ crackd
·Speech during the June 4th Vigil in Victoria Park in Hong Kong
·【林忌评论】大陆没民主 香港没普选?
·June 2014: Remembering Tiananmen: The View from Hong Kong
·The Strength to Save Oneself
·讓北京知道 要甚麼樣的未來/苹果日报
·Beyond Stability Maintenance-From Surveillance to Elimination/Teng bia
·就律协点名维权律师“无照”执业 滕彪答德国之声记者问
·Politics of the Death Penalty in China
·What sustains Chinese truth-tellers
·From Stability Maintenance to Wiping Out/Teng biao
·25 years later, Tiananmen cause is still costly
·A Chinese activist: Out of prison but not free
·Activist lawyer vows to keep fighting for human rights
·Head Off a Tiananmen Massacre in Hong Kong/Yang jianli,Teng Biao,Hu ji
·滕彪被中国政法大学除名 因参与新公民运动
· Ilham Tohti should get the Nobel peace prize, not life in prison
· Chinese activist scholar Teng Biao on how Occupy Central affects main
·« Révolution des parapluies » contre Pékin / Teng biao
·We Stand With You
·Don’t Get Too Excited About the Investigation of Zhou Yongkang
·Sensing subversion, China throws the book at kids' libraries
·China’s Unstoppable Lawyers: An Interview With Teng Biao
·Hongkong: the Unbearable Weight of the Revolution
·Courts are told what decision to make in important cases
·RISKY BUSINESS fighting for Human Rights in China
·The Supremacy of the Constitution, and Freedom of Religion
·如果有人倾听你对 昨夜梦境的复述(诗四首)
·China’s Empty Promise of Rule by Law
·Sensing subversion, China throws the book at kids' libraries
·What will this crackdown on activists do to China’s nascent civil soc
·The most dangerous job in law
·Selective Blindness over China and Huamn Rights
·Blood, Justice and Corruption: Why the Chinese Love Their Death Penalt
·Human Rights Advocates Vanish as China Intensifies Crackdown/NYT
Draconic Restrictions on Uyghur Cultural And Religious Freedoms

   Feb 27, 2018
   Conference at US Congress Highlights Draconic Restrictions on Uyghur Cultural And Religious Freedoms
   On 26 February 2018, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), together with the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), the Uyghur American Association and the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) organised a conference entitled “Uyghur Religious Freedom and Cultural Values Under Siege”. Taking place at the US Congress, the event brought together academics, human rights activists and members of the Uyghur diaspora to discuss the current situation on the ground in East Turkestan. High-level panellists included Sean Roberts (George Washington University), Mr. Teng Biao (University of Politics and Law in Beijing, visiting scholar at New York University), Mr Alim Seytoff (Director of RFA Uyghur Service), Tina L. Mufford (United States Commission on International Religious Freedom), Chen Pokong (Chinese writer, critic and democracy movement activist) and Ms Nicole Morgret (Uyghur Human Rights Project).

   Following an introduction by UNPO US Programme Coordinator Marvin Kumetat, the Director of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, Omer Kanat, welcomed the audience and the panellists and gave an overview of the current situation in East Turkestan, highlighting the urgent need to bring the grave situation Uyghurs find themselves in due to Chinese oppression on the international agenda. Mr Kanat stressed the severity of the current situation, pointing out that a lack of decisive action by the international community would encourage the Chinese government to continue or even increase the suppression of Uyghur people.
   Sean Roberts, Director of the International Development Studies Program at George Washington University, opened the panel discussion by elaborating on China’s excessive use of so-called “re-education” camps, which ultimately serve as a tool to silence Uyghur dissidents who are subjected to gross human rights violations while being detained in these institutions. Mr Roberts pointed out that there is no substantial international attention given to this and expressed hope that the US government would take a lead on this to, at the very least, pressure the Chinese government into giving an independent delegation access to these camps. He then continued by discussing how the Chinese government plays the “terrorism card” in order to discredit the legitimacy of the Uyghurs’ struggle for respect of their most basic human rights.
   The second talk by human rights lawyer and activist Teng Biao then looked at how the Chinese government deliberately targets and silences activists and intellectuals who try to raise the Uyghurs’ plight, often arbitrarily arresting and sentencing them to life-long prison sentences. Mr Biao urged the international community to pay closer attention to these numerous cases of prisoners of conscience in China, pointing out that peaceful activists such as Professor Ilham Tohti should be awarded for their courageous efforts to promote inter-ethnic understanding, rather than being forgotten.
   Following the instructive speech of Mr Biao, the floor was given to Alim Seytoff, Director of Radio Free Asia’s Uyghur Service. Mr Seytoff described in detail how sophisticated and far-reaching the surveillance state in East Turkestan has become, with a system in place that tracks the movement and communication of Uyghurs throughout every aspect of daily life. According to Mr Seytoff, the “high-tech police state” that has been put in place by the Chinese government amounts to a quasi-military occupation of the so-called Xinjiang Autonomous Region.
   In her talk, Tina L. Mufford, Senior Policy Analyst at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), then gave an in-depth overview of the state of religious freedom in East Turkestan. She pointed out that, tragically, the systematic repression of Uyghurs’ religious freedoms is hardly a recent development, but rather has a long history, as evidenced by USCIRF’s coverage of this issue ever since it’s foundation in 1998. Ms Mufford pointed out several ways that the US government could and should get involved in this issue, among them continuously raising the state of religious freedoms in all exchanges the US government and its institutions have with their Chinese counterparts; taking steps against individual perpetrators, for instance by making use of tools such as the Magnitsky Act; and highlighting the cases of individual prisoners of conscience to thereby raise awareness for the issue as a whole.
   The following talk by former political prisoner and pro-democracy activist Chen Pokong shed light on what ramifications the systematic suppression of religious and cultural freedoms in East Turkestan potentially could have for the rest of China. Mr Pokong pointed out that the region can be regarded as a testing ground for the use of surveillance and the technologically advanced restriction of personal freedoms whose techniques – if left unchecked – could be used to control all people in China in the future.
   The event’s last panel talk by UHRP Project Coordinator Nicole Morgret looked at the alarming rate at which China’s grip on peaceful minority activists extends beyond the borders of the People’s Republic. By deploying intimidation tactics, often using relatives of Uyghurs abroad as leverage, Beijing seeks to gather information from the Uyghur diaspora or, in many cases, to force them to return to China. According to Ms Morgret, this strategy of silencing Uyghur voices abroad is compounded by manipulating and influencing international mechanisms and institutions, such as Interpol or the United Nations, to discredit the most prominent leaders of the Uyghur human rights movement abroad.
   A fruitful discussion with the audience following the official programme brought this important conference to a close and allowed political decision-makers, researchers and academics, as well as representatives from the media to direct questions at the panellists.
   See the video of the conference below:
(2018/03/05 发表)
blog comments powered by Disqus

©Boxun News Network All Rights Reserved.