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Lecture: “China’s Internal Campaign Against a Muslim Minorities” with Sean Roberts (George Washington University)
March 4, 2021 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
More than one million members of China’s Uyghur ethnic minority, who are largely Muslim, are now being held in so-called reeducation camps, victims of what has become the largest program of mass detention and surveillance in the world. In his explosive, gripping, and deeply moving new book, Professor Sean Roberts, Director of International Development Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs of The George Washington University, describes how the Chinese government successfully implicated the Uyghurs in the US-led global terror war―despite a complete lack of evidence―and branded them as a dangerous terrorist threat with links to al-Qaeda. Roberts argues that the reframing of Uyghur domestic dissent as international terrorism provided justification and inspiration for a systematic campaign to erase Uyghur identity—one of the most sweeping and consequential mass violations of human rights in our time.
Join us for a conversation between Dr. Roberts and Duke Professor Mustafa Tuna, whose research focuses on social and cultural change among the Muslim communities of Central Eurasia, about the humanitarian catastrophe that China does not want you to know about. Professor Nancy MacLean will moderate this crucial conversation.
Sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute.