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13-11-09, 19:04
"The Future of Uyghur-Han Relations in China: A Dialogue"

In conjunction with a special exhibition at the Laogai Museum "The Uyghur Experience: 60 Years under Communist Rule," NED, the Uyghur American Association, and Laogai Research Foundation are co-sponsoring a panel discussion examining the profound effects of the July 2009 violence in Urumchi on ethnic relations in China, and exploring potential ways forward for Uyghur-Han relations.

Date: Friday, November 20, 2009
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: National Endowment for Democracy, 1025 F Street, NW, Suite 800


Nury Turkel is an attorney at a Washington law firm where he represents both U.S. and international aviation clients on matters involving federal administrative law, antitrust, government and congressional relations, as well as on commercial and aviation litigation matters. He has worked with a group of lawyers since 2005 to free Uyghur detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He has traveled to Guantanamo several times to meet with Uyghur detainees. He is the immediate past president of the Uyghur American Association where he co-founded and directed the Uyghur Human Rights Project. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and given presentations at various academic and government institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania and the United States Military Academy. He has written policy-oriented editorials for The Wall Street Journal Asia and The National Review Online, and appeared in both domestic and international media including CNN, BBC, Fox News, NPR, and The Washington Post. He holds a JD and a MA in International Affairs from American University. He speaks Uyghur, Turkish, and Chinese.

Dr. Sean R. Roberts is the Director of the International Development Studies program and an Associate Professor in the Practice of International Affairs at the George Washington University's Elliott School for International Affairs. He is an expert on the region of Central Asia with a particular focus on the Uyghur people. He has spent several years conducting research in Uyghur communities in both Central Asia and China and is the author of numerous articles and a documentary film on the Uyghurs of the Kazakhstan-China borderland. Dr. Roberts earned his Masters degree in Visual Anthropology and his Doctorate in Social Anthropology at the University of Southern California. He also frequently writes about Uyghurs on his blog (The Roberts Report on Central Asia and Kazakhstan, www.roberts-report.com) and is in the process of updating his dissertation about the Uyghurs of Kazakhstan for publication as a manuscript.

Dr. David Dahai Yu is Editor of Beijing Spring. Dr. Yu grew up in Tianjin and graduated from Beijing University. As a college student, he took part in the competitive local elections of 1980. He co-founded the Chinese Economists Society (USA) and served as its first president (1985-86). He earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University and has taught at several U.S. colleges. He has been affiliated with Beijing Spring and its predecessor China Spring since 1989.

The program will be moderated by Amy Reger, Researcher at the Uyghur Human Rights Project, and Louisa Greve, Vice President for Programs - Asia, Middle East/North Africa, Multiregional, at the National Endowment for Democracy.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to laogai@laogai.org by November 13. Please arrive 15 minutes early for registration.

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