Criminalizing a culture and a race — the Uyghurs’ struggle to survive China’s concentration camps and prison state

Since 2016, China has placed millions of Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in the largest system of concentration camps since WWII where torture, slavery, and political indoctrination are the norm. Despite international criticism, the Chinese government has shown little to no sign of slowing down its racist erasure of Uyghur and Turkic identity. China’s repression has already reached North America, including here at Yale. A member of the Yale Community, Rayhan Asat, a World Fellow at the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs, has lost her brother Ekpar Asat, a prominent Uyghur tech-entrepreneur — to one of these prison camps. The Chinese government is currently subjecting Ekpar to the torture of…

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Fireside Chat with Abdi Ismail

Join 2021 World Fellow Abdi Ismail for a fireside chat about his career working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Most recently stationed in Yemen, Abdi was in charge of managing the security of ICRC staff, assets, and operations in a very volatile security environment. Open to Yale students.

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From Rainbow Madonnas to Rainbow Families: LGBTQ Protest Movements in Poland and Hungary

The discriminative politics and hateful rhetoric of the Hungarian and Polish authoritarian governments have put the local LGBTQ communities under increased attacks in recent years. Polish municipalities have declared themselves “LGBT-free zones” and prosecuted the protesting activists. Meanwhile, the Hungarian parliament revised the constitution to legally establish that in a family “the mother is a woman, the father a man,” and also passed a law that bans the “promotion” of sexual orientation in schools and in other public institutions. This panel, with the participation of artists, activists, and scholars, will discuss the different ways in which these illiberal states limit the rights and affect the everyday lives of the LGTBQ…

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Last in Line? The Struggle for LGBTQ Rights in Peru, within the South American Context

Join Alberto de Belaunde, 2021 World Fellow, for a discussion on LGBTQ rights in Peru and South America. Open to Yale students.

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Moonlight Conversation on Loss, Grief, and Healing

Come and enjoy storytelling, music, and dancing with 2021 World Fellows Udo Jude Ilo and Korto Reeves. Open only to Yale students, registration at bit.ly/yasa-moonlight.

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Learning, Wellbeing, and Models of Innovation

The Global Health Studies Program will continue its Fall 2021 Global Health Speaker Series with the discussion, “Learning, Wellbeing, and Models of Innovation.” Questscope’s Founder Curt Rhodes and COO Muthanna Khriesat (a 2021 World Fellow) will address models of innovation and social entrepreneurship in their experiences with an international organization committed to social development, emergency assistance, and alternative pathways to learning for youths in the Middle East and North Africa region. Rhodes will join via Zoom.  The series—organized by Jackson Professor Catherine Panter-Brick and Jackson lecturer Cara Fallon—examines transformative relationships between health and a range of fields including public policy, law, technology, international relations, scientific research, economy, journalism, and more….

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KSA: The Past, Present, and Future

The 23rd of September 2021 marks the 91st National Day for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). On this occasion, the Council on Middle East studies would like to invite you to join Nora Al-Jindi, 2021 Yale World Fellow as she sheds light on the Story of KSA along with the recent significant initiatives that are reshaping the Kingdom. Special emphasis will be given to the role of KSA’s Vision 2030 in transforming the country, and the Saudi Human Capital to become exemplary global citizens. Open only to Yale students.

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Human Rights Workshop: Rayhan Asat, "Nowhere to Turn: The Tortured Path to Justice for the Uyghur People"

Rayhan Asat is a human rights lawyer who focuses on international human rights, atrocity prevention, the rule of law, civil liberties, corporate accountability, and international law. She has testified before parliaments around the world as well as before the US Congress on these subject matters. Rayhan advised the World Bank and OECD to design Human-Centered Business Integrity Principles. Currently she’s leading China portfolio of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Litigation Project. As an attorney and policy advisor, Rayhan’s writing has also been published in many legal journals, and her opinions have appeared in Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, NBC News, The Hill Magazine, and other prominent publications. Rayhan also commented…

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The Mosque and the State in a Multi-Party Democracy

Hosted by the Sanneh Institute and in partnership with the MacMillan Center at Yale, we invite you to join a virtual discussion about religion and state in Africa. The speakers include Idayat Hassan, 2015 World Fellow and Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development in Nigeria.

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