Canada's Response to the Uyghur Crisis

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Learn from international human rights scholars and activists about the crisis in Xinjiang, and what Canadian universities can do about it.

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n February 2020, the Canadian parliament voted to recognize China's actions against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang/East Turkestan as Genocide. What does that mean? How has our government responded, and how will it respond in the future? Even more basically, what is happening in that region, and what can we in Canada do to help?

Join the University of Toronto Multi-Faith Centre, the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa and the Jewish Movement for Uyghur Freedom in learning what is happening to the Uyghur people, breaking down what the report deeming the actions as Genocide means for the Canadian response, and how we as Canadians can mobilize in solidarity with the Uyghurs.

We will be hearing from notable guests, including:

Garnett Genuis Member of Parliament for Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan, Vice Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Canada-China relations and member of the Wallenberg All-Party Caucus for Human Rights.

Zumretay Arkin Program and Advocacy Manager at the World Uyghur Congress.

Yonah Diamond, an international human rights lawyer and Legal Counsel at the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights (RWCHR), engaging in legal, political and public relations advocacy for the release of political prisoners and in support of human rights and atrocity prevention. He has published widely on human rights, peace and reconciliation and international justice, including in Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, National Post and OpenCanada.

Rayhan Asat is an advocate, human rights lawyer, writer, speaker and entrepreneur. A graduate of Harvard Law School, her work includes issues concerning peace and justice, surveillance, business ethics, forced labour, free media and free speech. She has been featured in the New York Times, BBC, CNN, Voice of America, The Hill, the Globe & Mail, Al Jazeera and many other media outlets, and her writing has appeared in Foreign Policy, NBC and the Hill, among others. She is the sister of Ekpar Asat, a member of the persecuted Uyghur community who was forcibly disappeared by the Chinese government in 2016. She has been an advisor to the World Bank and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and is a Senior Fellow at the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.

Professor John Packer is Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) at the University of Ottawa, and was appointed the Inaugural Neuuberger-Jesin Professor of International Conflict Resolution. He is a former UN staff member and OSCE official, and has previously taught at the Fletcher School (Tufts University) and the University of Essex, and has held Fellowships at Cambridge and Harvard Universities, as well as lectured at academic and professional institutions around the world. He serves on the boards of a number of NGOs and is a Member of the Expert Advisory Panel for the Shared Societies Project of the Club de Madrid, compromising over 100 former Heads of State or Government of democracies, and is a Senior Fellow at the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights (RWCHR).

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