China’s northwestern region, Xinjiang, has become witness to increasing surveillance, population control, and the largest mass incarceration of an ethnic minority in the world today. The indigenous Uyghur population, along with other primarily Muslim ethnic minorities, have been subjected to mass detention and restrictions on religious practice and culture. While Beijing continues to cite security concerns to justify their actions, the human rights situation remains on a downward trajectory.

At this event, the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center hosts a panel discussion, which will explore the crackdown in Xinjiang, and examine the impact on the Uyghur community and the broader region, particularly the neighboring Central Asian nations. The conversation is joined by Ms. Jessica Batke, senior editor, ChinaFile, Center on US-China Relations; Ms. Louisa Greve, director, External Affairs, Uyghur Human Rights Project; Ambassador John Herbst, Director, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council; Mr. Nury Turkel, chairman of the board, Uyghur Human Rights Project; and moderated by Ms. Shannon Tiezzi, editor-in-chief, The Diplomat

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The Eurasia Center’s mission is to enhance transatlantic cooperation in promoting policies that strengthen stability, democratic values, and prosperity in Eurasia, from Eastern Europe in the West to the Caucasus, Russia, and Central Asia in the East.