DECEMBER 10, 2019 - Detention Camps in Xinjiang: A Human Rights Appraisal

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre is pleased to partner with the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies, SAR uOttawa and the East Turkistan Association of Canada to present:

Detention Camps in Xinjiang: A Human Rights Appraisal


Tuesday, December 10, 2019
2 p.m.
(57 Louis-Pasteur Private, University of Ottawa)

All are welcome.

The event will be chaired by:

  • Scott SIMON | Professor, School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, uOttawa

Main Speaker:

  • Darren BYLER | "Terror Capitalism: Uyghur 'Reeducation' and the Security Industrial Complex in China"

Darren Byler received his PhD from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington in 2018. His research focuses on Uyghur dispossession, culture work and "terror capitalism" in the city of Ürümchi, the capital of Chinese Central Asia (Xinjiang). He has published research articles in many journals and contributed essays to volumes on ethnography of Islam in China, transnational Chinese cinema and travel and representation. He has provided expert testimony on Uyghur human rights issues before the Canadian House of Commons and writes a regular column on these issues for SupChina. In addition, he has published Uyghur-English literary translations (with Mutellip Enwer) in Guernica and Paper Republic. He also writes and curates the digital humanities art and politics repository The Art of Life in Chinese Central Asia, which is hosted at


  • Mehmet TOHTI | "Uyghur Communities in Exile and the Issue of Detention Camps"

Mehmet Tohti, a University teacher at Kashgar Normal University before his exile since 1991, is a prominent Uyghur rights activist and campaigner in Canada and worldwide. He was one of the university student leaders of first ever freedom march organized by Uyghur students in Urumchi in 1985. He has played active role in formation of various Uyghur organizations worldwide and worked tirelessly in promotion of democratic rights of Uyghurs in East Türkistan (which China calls the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region since 1955) under Chinese occupation. He was a founding member of the World Uyghur Congress in Germany in 2004 and served two terms as president till 2009. He was appointed as a Special Representative of World Uyghur Congress to European Union in Brussels, Belgium during 2010-2012 period. During this time, he campaigned for introducing a European Parliament resolution about the demolition of the 2000-year-old Kashgar city by the Chinese government. He has testified twice at European Parliament and three times at Canadian House of Commons. He lives in Toronto, Canada and works in law.

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