Hear Uyghur Voices
Since 2017, more than one million Uyghurs and members of other ethnic and religious groups have been detained and imprisoned by the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). These people are subject to genocide and crimes against humanity and face intense surveillance, religious restrictions, forced labor, “re-education” camps and other human rights abuses.
“Hear Uyghur Voices” serves as a platform for Uyghurs living in the global diaspora to share their stories in their own voices. Many individuals featured in this project have never shared their experiences publicly, but their words reveal the deep trauma of the crisis facing the Uyghur community.
The perspectives and experiences of the individuals featured here are their own, shared freely for the benefit of all. You can find additional resources to learn more about this issue below.
Government surveillance of communication platforms prevents many Uyghurs in the diaspora from communicating with family in China without fear of reprisal. This often leads to losing touch altogether and many Uyghurs have not heard from their loved ones in years, including parents, spouses, siblings, and children.
Oppression & Surveillance
Both in China and abroad, Uyghurs and other ethnic minority groups endure intense surveillance by the PRC government. They know that at any given time, they may be targeted and arbitrarily detained due to perceived violation of rules meant to oppress their identity, culture, speech, and movement.
Uyghurs and other ethnic groups are often trafficked into forced labor, a form of modern-day slavery, where they work in harsh conditions in factories and fields. Cotton, silica-based products, and computer parts are just a few of the products that feed into the global supply chain. These products are used to make goods used globally, such as footwear, clothing, apparel, electronics, and machines.
Visit the resources below to learn more about the crisis facing the Uyghur community:
- “Break their Lineage, Break their Roots,” Human Rights Watch, 2021 (English)
- “Forced Labor in China’s Xinjiang Region,” U.S. Department of State, 2021 (English)
- “Like We Were Enemies in a War: China’s Mass Internment, Torture, and Persecution of Muslims in Xinjiang,” Amnesty International, 2021 (Multiple Languages)
- “The Xinjiang Data Project”, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 2022 (Multiple Languages)
- WEghur Stories Podcast, 2021-2022 (French and English)
The creative vision for this project is directed by Dr. Mukaddas Mijit, a Uyghur academic, filmmaker, and advocate. She works with individuals and organizations around the world to promote greater awareness of issues facing the Uyghur community and documents their experiences. Her views and creative vision are her own and do not represent the views of the entire Uyghur community.Production support was provided by L’Endroit Films, an independent French company offering worldwide production services.
This site will remain active through April 2023. After this date, video content will remain available here.
Financial and operational support for this project is provided by the U.S. Department of State.
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