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China and the Uighurs - investigating genocide allegations

Wednesday 17 March 2021

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The Chinese government stands accused of genocide against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province. Human rights groups have reported abuses intended to eradicate religion and culture including large-scale detention camps, sterilisation programmes and widespread surveillance. China rejects the allegations.

This podcast considers what measures the international community should be taking.


  • Rahima Mahmut, Senior Executive Member, Uighur Congress
  • Jahaan Pittalwala, Research Analyst, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
  • Irwin Cotler, former Attorney General of Canada
  • Lisa Nandy, UK Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
  • Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Director, International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute; UK House of Lords
  • Sir Iain Duncan Smith, former leader, UK Conservative Party
  • Aldo Zammit Borda, Head of Research and Investigations, Uighur Tribunal
  • Juliette Paauwe, Senior Research Analyst, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
  • Mark Ellis, Executive Director, International Bar Association