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The ongoing genocide against the Uyghur people is one of the most pressing concerns of our time. Without the bravery of survivors and victims’ families, along with the incredibly dedicated journalists investigating these stories, the world would be kept in the dark. Historically, China has made deliberate attempts to shield the region from international attention and scrutiny – we know what’s happening only through the hard work of others. The Atlantic Council’s Strategic Litigation Project invites you to join a panel discussion with two award-winning journalists, Ben Mauk and Megha Rajagopalan, whose work has been crucial in illuminating the truth about this unprecedented crisis, as well as our Senior Fellow, Rayhan Asat, an Uyghur international human rights lawyer. The discussion will examine the ongoing repression of the Uyghur minority through the eyes and experiences of these two journalists and the ways in which the world can take action. Rayhan Asat, Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Strategic Litigation Project, will moderate the conversation.
Whether through the products of forced labor or the transnational repression of the Uyghur diaspora, China’s genocide has reached the shores of North America. It is our collective responsibility to respond to this ongoing crisis of our time both in the US and transatlantic sphere.
Please register for this important discussion to learn about this crisis and take action, Covering atrocities in Xinjiang: a discussion with award-winning journalists on July 28, 2021, at 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT.
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Ben Mauk lives in Berlin. He writes for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and Harper’s, among other publications. He won the Reporting Award from NYU and the inaugural Jamal Khashoggi Award for Courageous Journalism for his coverage of the persecution of minorities in Xinjiang. In 2021, he developed and wrote an immersive V.R. documentary for The New Yorker on life inside a Chinese reeducation camp which has won jury prizes at SXSW, VRHAM!, and the NewImages Festival.
Megha Rajagopalan is a senior correspondent for BuzzFeed News in London. She has been a reporter for BuzzFeed News based in China and Thailand as well as in Israel and the Palestinian territories, and before that she was a political correspondent for Reuters in China. Her most recent work has documented the scale and impact of mass internment in China’s Xinjiang region using geospatial analysis, architectural modeling and interviews with former detainees. Her reporting on Xinjiang was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2021.
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