Type: Public event

The Human Rights Crisis in Xinjiang

Conference hosted by the Weiser Diplomacy Center


The Detention of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, China

Date & time

Apr 18, 2019, 5:00-7:00 pm EDT


Annenberg Auditorium, 1120 Weill Hall
735 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Over the past five years, a growing number of Xinjiang Uighurs have been sent to re-education camps by the Chinese government, most without trials or release dates.  Estimates have reached as high as one million detainees.   The Chinese government has framed these camps as schools that attack terrorist beliefs and give Uighurs the work and life skills necessary to thrive in a modern economy.  It has received very little pressure or public condemnation from its Central Asian neighbors, from Muslim countries, or from its trading partners in the developed world.  This human rights crisis raises questions central to the role and practice of diplomacy.  What justification is there for bringing foreign diplomatic pressure to bear on issues that a country defines as central to its identity and existence?  What do we know about the success of different types of advocacy, whether through diplomatic channels, pressure from international organizations, or NGO-led protest? To what extent does the crisis in Xinjiang affect the stability of Central Asia, or the fate of separatist movements in Tibet, Hong Kong, and Taiwan?

Participating speakers:

Tim Grose (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)

Nury Turkel (Uighur Human Rights Project)

Sean Roberts (George Washington University)

Ann Lin (University of Michigan) as moderator