The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) is now the site of the largest mass repression of an ethnic/religious minority in the world today. Researchers estimate that since 2016 one million people have been detained without trial in the XUAR. In the detention centres these individuals are subjected to invasive forms of surveillance and psychological stress as they are forced to abandon their native language, religious beliefs and cultural practices. Outside of the detention centres, more than 10 million Turkic Muslim minorities are subjected to a dense network of surveillance systems, checkpoints, and interpersonal monitoring which severely limit all forms of personal freedom.
This workshop will: (i) bring together some of the world's leading experts on Xinjiang and the Uyghur to explore the context, causes and consequences of the current repression from a multidisciplinary perspective; (ii) facilitate a roundtable with Australian policy-makers; (iii) produce a policy paper with recommendations for shaping government responses to the Uyghur emergency; and (iv) produce a definitive book-length publication based on papers delivered at the workshop. This workshop thus seeks to make both an important scholarly contribution and a policy impact on one of the most pressing contemporary human rights issues in the world today.
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