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The Uyghur Human Rights Project

cordially invites you to an event commemorating the inaugural

INTERNATIONAL UYGHUR LANGUAGE DAY

and a panel discussion

UYGHUR VOICES ON EDUCATION:

CHINA’S ASSIMILATIVE ‘BILINGUAL EDUCATION’ POLICY IN EAST TURKESTAN


June 15, 2015 – 2 pm to 4 pm

Location: National Endowment for Democracy
1025 F Street NW, Suite 800
Washington D.C. 20004

Please RSVP with name and affiliation by June 15, 2015 at 10am to info@uhrp.org

Since 2007, the Chinese government has accelerated and expanded an education policy that has effectively marginalized the Uyghur language from the education system in East Turkestan.

The ‘bilingual education’ policy is designed to transition Uyghur students at all levels from education in their mother tongue to education in Chinese resulting in the removal of Uyghur in the classroom and presenting a fundamental challenge to a distinct Uyghur identity.

Since 2014, Chinese officials have placed ‘bilingual education’ at the center of its efforts to achieve “ethnic mingling,” an initiative that aims to blur the cultural distinctiveness of the Uyghur people and assimilate Uyghurs into the Chinese nation dominated by the Han culture.

The Uyghur Human Rights Project’s recent report Uyghur Voices on Education: China’s Assimilative ‘Bilingual Education’ Policy in East Turkestan explores these issues and the inauguration of an International Uyghur Language Day on June 15 is a call to preserve the Uyghur language in the face of overwhelming pressure from assimilative government policies.

AGENDA

INTRODUCTION:

Alim Seytoff, President, Uyghur American Association and Director,
Uyghur Human Rights Project

PANEL PRESENTATIONS:

Nigara Savirdin, Uyghur educated in a ‘bilingual’ school

Ilshat Hassan, Vice-President, Uyghur American Association

Greg Fay, Project Manager, Uyghur Human Rights Project

Zubayra Shamseden, Chinese Outreach Coordinator, Uyghur Human Rights Project

Q AND A:

Moderator: Henryk Szadziewski, Senior Researcher, Uyghur Human Rights Project

Media contact: Greg Fay, Tel: +1-202-478-1902, Email: gregfay@uhrp.org