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January 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm UTC-4
Prioritizing the Uyghur Genocide: Voices of the Victims
About this Event
Uyghurs in the diaspora are still disconnected from their family and friends back home. Many are still searching for their loved ones who have disappeared without any information. Others are working to free their loved ones from detention centres, concentration camps, and prisons, where they were unjustly sent to under the Chinese regime’s ongoing genocide against the Uyghurs.
This webinar is to provide a platform for Uyghur voices to tell their stories, speak of their loved ones, and to offer their opinions and suggestions on how best to make sure that the Uyghur genocide is heard today. This is a crisis that cannot continue waiting for a resolution.
Ziba Murat: Ziba Murat is the daughter of Dr. Gulshan Abbas. Dr. Gulshan Abbas was missing since 2018, after her sister Rushan Abbas, founder and Executive Director of Campaign for Uyghurs, spoke out against the increasing pressure and mass detention of Uyghurs. It was recently learned that Gulshan Abbas was sentenced to 20 years in prison after a conviction in a secret court. Ziba Murat has been tireless in leading the campaign to find her mother.
Jewher Ilham: Jewher Ilham is the daughter of Uyghur scholar, Ilham Tohti, an internationally noted moderate voice who was dedicated to bridging the gap between the Uyghur people and the Han Chinese. In September of 2014, he was given an unprecedented life sentence based on the writings on his website, Uyghur Online, that promoted peaceful co-existence between the Uyghur people and Han Chinese. As an advocate for her imprisoned father, she testified before the U.S. Congressional-Executive Committee on China, wrote op-eds in the New York Times, met with a number of government officials including former Secretary of State John Kerry, and received numerous awards worldwide on behalf of her father. In December 2019, Jewher accepted the Sakharov Price on behalf of her father and urged the European Parliament to take a stand and hold the Chinese government accountable.
Arfat Erkin: Arfat Erkin is a student currently living in the United States. He has been a vocal advocate and activist, going by @Alfred_Uyghur on Twitter. Arfat has been working to promote the Uyghur cause and highlight the atrocities being committed. Arfat is tireless in advocating for his imprisoned father, Erkin Tursun, a journalist and TV producer for Yili TV. Erkin Tursun was detained in March 2018, and the Chinese regime has provided no information on his wherabouts since.
Jevlan Shirmehmet: Cevlan Shirmehmet is an Uyghur activist who currently resides in Istanbul. Cevlan has been bringing attention to the case of his mother, Suriye Tursunun, who he has not seen or spoken to for three years. Cevlan has been working to highlight the Uyghur genocide and it’s oppressive regime that is preventing him from reaching his loved ones at home.
Kamalturk Yalqun Rozi: Kamalturk Yalqun is the son of Uyghur academic and intellectual Yalqun Rozi. Yalqun Rozi was unlawfully arrested on October 6, 2016. Kamalturk and his sister have been working tirelessly to advocate for their father and family back home.
Akida Pulat: Akida Pulat is an Uyghur born in Urumqi. She studied Information Systems at the University of Washington. The daughter of Uyghur academic Rahile Dawut, she has been an activist fighting to find her mother after her detention in December 2017.