Who Are the Uyghurs?

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To discuss potential solutions for Uyghur persecution in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region, we first need to examine just who the Uyghur people are and the dire human rights situation that they face. Nury Turkel and Adrian Zenz take Amy to the cotton fields, labor camps, and workshops of China as they answer the important questions of how and why. How is the Chinese government surveilling and oppressing the Uyghur people, and why are they doing so?

Nury Turkel is a Commissioner to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). He founded the Uyghur Human Rights Project. In September 2020, Turkel was named one of the TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Adrian Zenz is a Cambridge-educated academic who lectures at a European theological institution and is a senior fellow in China Studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.
Amy K. Lehr
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Human Rights Initiative