Photographer Lisa Ross discusses her project about the Uyghurs with Elise Anderson, from the Uyghur Human Rights Project.
Human rights groups believe China has detained more than one million Uyghurs against their will over the past few years in a large network of what the state calls "re-education camps", and sentenced hundreds of thousands to prison terms.
There is also evidence that Uyghurs are being used as forced labor and of women being forcibly sterilized. Some former camp detainees have also alleged they were tortured and sexually abused.
The US is among several countries to have accused China of committing genocide in Xinjiang. The leading human rights groups Amnesty and Human Rights Watch have published reports accusing China of crimes against humanity.
China denies all allegations of human rights abuses in Xinjiang, claiming its system of "re-education" camps are there to combat separatism and Islamist militancy in the region. [BBC, June 21, 2021]
Lisa Ross / Elise Anderson
“I Can't Sleep: Homage to a Uyghur Homeland”
Saturday, May 14, 2022
10:00 - 11:00 am CT
CASETalks is a monthly online series that happens every second Saturday at 10:00 am CT via Zoom. Artists are in conversation with curators, historians & other CASE partners.
CASETalks is sponsored by the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation