Uighur humanitarian crisis in focus at Rice event

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Amy McCaig
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Uighur humanitarian crisis in focus at Rice event

HOUSTON – (Jan. 21, 2020) – Rice University’s Islamophobia Resistance Campaign and the Muslims in American Society sociology course will host “Voices From the Uighur Community” Jan. 23 to shed light on the humanitarian crisis in China.

Submitted photo.The event will be held from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in Sewall Hall 309 and is free and open to the public. Leaders from the Uighur community in Houston will be speaking about the crisis and its yearslong impact.

“Millions of ethnic Uighurs in the western region of Xinjiang, China, are now living in internment camps,” said Craig Considine, a lecturer in sociology at Rice and instructor of the course. “The Chinese government has placed them there in order to indoctrinate and ‘reeducate’ them so their views are more aligned with the current regime. World leaders are silently watching from the sidelines as a cultural genocide unfolds before our eyes.”

Speakers for the event include Ali Wushur, Muzaffar Dolan and Shakir Shamsi from the Houston Uighur Association. Considine will moderate a panel discussion, and a question-and-answer session will follow. For more information, contact craig.m.considine@rice.edu.

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