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Thanks for the first lecture by survivors of the Uyghur genocide

We would like to thank Rahima Mahmut, Director of the UK branch of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and Executive Director of Stop Uyghur Genocide, as well as Gulbahar Haitiwaji and Kalbinur Sidik, survivors of imprisonment in Chinese concentration camps, for their participation in Monday's lecture to students and the public. It was a unique moment of witnessing an evil that in the European context is only thought of as a 20th century past. We would also like to thank Mgr. Ondřej Klimeš, Ph.D. for moderating and sharing his knowledge, as well as last but not least to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Prof. JUDr. Radim Boháč, Ph.D. who in his opening remarks emphasized the importance of protecting human rights in the global context.

Following the lecture, the speakers also shared their experience with the students of the Protection of Civil and Human Rights course.

If you would like to learn more about the topic from a human experience perspective, Gulbahar Haitiwaji has captured her experience of totalitarian practices in her autobiographical book "I Survived the Chinese Gulag".

A legal perspective on the issue will be offered by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, President of the Uyghur Tribunal in London and Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and Alda Zammit Borda, Head of Research and Investigations at the Uyghur Tribunal in London, at a lecture on 24 October at 6pm in the PF UK Room 100.

Many thanks also to Forum For Human Rights for co-organising the event.

CHR looks forward to seeing you at the next lecture!


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