The Columbia University College Democrats and Republicans have collaborated to put on a panel discussion titled “Genocide in China: A Uyghur Account,” which will take place in Roone Arledge Cinema on Tuesday, March 10 from 6-8pm.
Attendees must have a BC/CUID and must register through Eventbrite.
Our collaboration is motivated by the dire context of a systematic 21st-century genocide and the near-unanimous support in Congress for the victims of human rights abuses in China. By hosting two Uyghur activists, Zubayra Shamseden and Mustafa Aksu of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, we seek to amplify the voices of the victims of this crisis and to further stimulate campus activism on the subject. Professor Jack Snyder will be moderating.
We are joined by a number of other groups in the Columbia political community: the Columbia Political Review, the Roosevelt Institute, Columbia Amnesty International, the Columbia Political Union, Columbia AEI, Columbia Libertarians, the Alexander Hamilton Society, and Colloquia.
We all believe in improving the world around us and standing up for what's right. We know that China is operating modern concentration camps in what experts and journalists have grimly identified as cultural genocide. Concealed at first by an information embargo, facts about the Chinese crackdown on the Uyghur minority in Xinjiang were scant until the leak of 403 pages of internal Chinese documents in the New York Times last November. In those documents, party leadership advises “absolutely no mercy” and frames the crackdown as a protracted “war of offense” against Islamic fundamentalism. In practice, this has meant sweeping detentions, organized around a chilling directive from the Xinjiang party boss: “Round up everyone who should be rounded up.” Thus far, the Chinese Communist Party has detained at least one million members of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang’s mass “re-education” camps, where they are separated from family members and subjected to physical and psychological torture.
With increased encroachment on the academic freedom to criticize the Chinese regime, we feel an obligation to offer up the Columbia political community’s platform so that people may speak out about one of the gravest human rights abuses of our time.
We hope that you will join us.