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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.138

New organisations, hashtags and movements in the Uyghur diaspora since the mass internments of 2017-2019.


  • Halmurat UYGHUR

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In the wake of the Chinese government campaign of internments of Uyghurs and other minority people in Xinjiang, starting in May 2017, the Uyghur diaspora has experienced a pronounced rise in activities and new organisations. This is in part due to the large number of people who fled or decided not to return to China after the introduction of 'strike hard' policies in 2014 and the increasing policing and militarisation after 2016. But the group of new activists also include moderates who have been living abroad for many years or even decades and who have previously avoided public political positioning. This talk provides an overview of some central organisations of the new solidarity movement developing within and beyond Uyghur diaspora communities. It seeks to explain the reasons for this rise in political activism in several factors including the loss of contact to relatives and the strong media attention given to the issue. Social media have central the the organisation of these movements and their rallying of solidarity, but also an Achilles heal due to poor data security and the questionable factuality of much of the information circulated here.