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Responding to the Crisis in Xinjiang

Thirty years after Tiananmen Square, human rights abuses continue to proliferate in China. Hundreds of thousands, possibly as many as 3 million, Muslim Uighurs are currently held by the Chinese government in political reeducation facilities. Individuals inside these facilities are subject to indoctrination, forced labor, torture, and in some cases, even death. Collectivization of this population was achieved through the Chinese government’s rapid deployment of large-scale surveillance technology – technology that poses a severe threat to people inside and outside of China. The crisis in Xinjiang is both a human rights and national security threat that merits a strong response from the U.S. government. While the U.S. and the international community has been quick to condemn the Chinese government’s actions, it has been slow to craft a strategy that holds accountable those in China responsible for the abuses. Please join us for a discussion on next steps to respond to the crisis in Xinjiang.

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