The situation of Uyghur and other Turkic Muslim minorities in Xinjiang
In 2017, reports began to emerge of severe restrictions on the freedoms of religion or belief, movement, association and expression in Xinjiang, China. Over the past few years, numerous open source reports corroborated these accounts. In August, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) published an objective and independent assessment of the human rights situation in Xinjiang.
The report determined that the situation required "urgent attention by the Government [China], the United Nations intergovernmental bodies and human rights system, as well as the international community more broadly". This high-level event responds to that call by bringing together UN officials, civil society, journalists and representatives of the Uyghur community to discuss the report's findings and examine how best to take forward its recommendations.