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    Uyghur American Association In Cooperation with The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Cordially Invites you to attend a Uyghur Cultural Event Featuring Rich Uyghur culture, history, and discussion of the current political situation of Uyghurs.

    Date: March 5th, 2018, 5:00- 8:00 p.m.
    Place: 2200 Reyburn House Office Building
    Address: 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515

    The human rights situation of the Uyghur people has deteriorated rapidly since Xi Jinping came to power and is now reaching an extremely critical point. Uyghurs are subjected to ethnic profiling and are unable to move freely without being stopped and searched at dozens of checkpoints in major cities. The situation is as bad as it has ever been since April 2017, as massive Uyghur populations are arbitrarily detained or disappeared in Chinese custody for the accusation of being “politically incorrect”. According to the New York times, more than 500,000 Uyghurs and other Turkic people indigenous to East Turkestan being held in those concentration camp styled detention centers. Uyghur men, women, and children at the camp face horrific conditions, including sickness, abuse, malnutrition, overpopulated and deplorable hygiene conditions, torture and even death. No detainees have been charged or sentenced for any crime.

    Thousands of Uyghurs, including students, scholars, artists, and others who seek to preserve their Uyghur cultural, linguistic, and religious identities are arbitrary imprisoned. China’s policy of incarceration of Uyghurs treats all Uyghurs as criminals. At the international level, China has been using its growing powers to try and silence criticism in the international forum and amongst national governments.

    China has created a mass surveillance state in East Turkistan using advanced technology comparable to those in dystopian tales. During a single day, Uyghurs are subject to multiple interrogations and security checkpoints with body scanners and monitoring. Moreover, tight censorship for internet communication includes contacts with relatives abroad through mandatory spyware apps, tracking by facial recognition CCTV monitors, and mandatory GPS devises on cars, all of which made Uyghurs daily life even unbearable. There is no room to breathe freely in East Turkestan. In addition, Uyghurs in diaspora are having hard time contacting their families back in East Turkistan due to harsh and advanced surveillance system.

    Uyghurs are human beings and as such have inherent rights outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Uyghurs in East Turkestan are under attack and unable to speak up without fear of detention and death although humanity said “No, Never Again!” to concentration camps after the horrors that unfolded in them in the last century. If you want to learn more about Uyghur’s hidden story, please join us for the event that hosted by Uyghur American Association in cooperation with The Tom Lantos Human right commission.

    The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (formerly known as the Congressional Human Rights Caucus) is a bipartisan caucus of the United States House of Representatives. Its stated mission is "to promote, defend and advocate internationally recognized human rights norms in a nonpartisan manner, both within and outside of Congress, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other relevant human rights instruments."
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