The Uyghur Genocide & Threats to Religious Liberty: A Conversation with Commissioner Nury Turkel


Location: McCartan Courtroom, Eck Hall of Law (View on map )

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Join us for a conversation with Commissioner Nury Turkel, a human rights advocate for Uyghur people, the first U.S.-educated Uyghur-American lawyer, and author of No Escape: The True Story of China's Genocide of the Uyghurs. This event will feature discussion on the plight of the Uyghurs, Turkel’s advocacy efforts, and what the international community can do to safeguard religious liberty in China.

Turkel was born in a re-education camp at the height of China’s tumultuous Cultural Revolution and spent the first several months of his life in detention with his mother. He came to the United States in 1995 as a student and was later granted asylum by the U.S. government. As an attorney, he specializes in regulatory compliance, federal investigation and enforcement, anti-bribery, legislative advocacy, and immigration. In May 2020, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) appointed Turkel as a Commissioner to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). In September 2020, he was named one of the TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World.

The event is hosted by the Notre Dame Religious Liberty Initiative and co-sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, and Notre Dame's Political Science Department.

This event will be livestreamed and a recording will be made available on the Religious Liberty Initiative’s YouTube channel in the coming weeks. Free lunch will be provided.

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