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8 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Nury Turkel. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Nury Turkel, often where they are interviewed.

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Cultural Genocide of Uyghur Muslims: With Nury Turkel

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Watch the video version of this conversation: https://youtu.be/tj_CjUzrEzY

Up to 2 million Uyghurs are currently being held in WW2-style concentration camps in China as we speak. They are being subjected to torture, forced indoctrination, human trafficking, organ harvesting, forced sterilization, and other egregious human rights abuses as part of a massive ethnic and cultural genocide effort. Nury Turkel is Commissioner at the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (most recently appointed by Nancy Pelosi), and a member of the Uyghur community who grew up in the Xinjiang region, or East Turkistan, and has served with the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations. He was born in a "re-education" camp at the height of the Cultural Revolution and spent the first several months of his life in captivity with his mother. He joins us to talk about the targeting of his people in one of the worst human rights disasters in current times — and what we can all do about it. 

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Aug 02 2020 · 1hr 19mins
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Gordon Chang, Nury Turkel, Ralph Norman, Jim Banks, Jeff Laszloffy

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Today's show features:

Gordon Chang, author of "The Coming Collapse of China," on China imposing a "national security" law on Hong Kong, and the U.S. Senate passing Senate Resolution 596, condemning Beijing's takeover of Hong Kong.
Nury Turkel, Commissioner for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and Chairman of the Board for the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), on a report showing China is forcing abortions and sterilizations on Uyghur women to curb the population.
Ralph Norman, U.S. Representative for the 5th district of South Carolina, on his congressional letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr calling for an update on the investigation into Planned Parenthood after Planned Parenthood officials admitted to the trafficking of baby parts.
Jim Banks, U.S. Representative for the 3rd district of Indiana, on reports that Russia placed bounties on American soldiers in Afghanistan.
Jeff Laszloffy, President of the Montana Family Foundation, on today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Espinoza v. Montana that protects school choice and religious liberty.
Jun 30 2020 · 54mins

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Riada talks to Nury Turkel and Samira Imin about the Uyghur humanitarian crisis

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Riada talks to Nury Turkel and Samira Imin about the ongoing horrific persecution of their people - the Uyghurs, and the admirable resilience with which so many of them around the world advocate for the justice and freedom of their loved ones. Uyghurs are mostly Muslim ethnically Turkic minority concentrated in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region. Over the last few years, they have faced immense pressures and campaigns with the aim of destroying their cultural and religious identity. Under pretext of religious extremism and separatism, at least a million people disappeared, as they are interned in the so called re-education camps - the Chinese government’s heavily fortified detention centers. They are being forced to renounce their faith and culture. So, in this episode, we talk about the heartbreaking pain and about the incredible, outstanding, exceptional courage and resilience of Uyguhrs who are facing widely documented persecution, surveillance, pervasive control, intimidation, forced labor. By raising awareness about the injustice they are experiencing, we recognize what the grand majority of all of them had always wanted anyway - for their dignity to be preserved and respected, to exist freely in China and practice their religion accordingly. Nury and Samira explain the human cost of this tragedy, and also how their own lives were upended with this crisis. At the end, we also chat about Samira's interest in singing and cooking Uyghur food and Nury's old and new hobbies - playing basketball with his son and learning how to do video-editing. Mr. Turkel serves as Chair of the Board for the Uyghur Human Rights Project, a documentation-based advocacy organization that he co-founded in 2004 and for which he served as Executive Director until 2006. Mr. Turkel also served as president of the Uyghur American Association from 2004 to 2006.Samira Imin works as a research assistant at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. She is a daughter of Iminjan Seydin, a prominent Uyghur historian and a publisher who owns Xinjiang Imin Book Publishing Company.
May 13 2020 · 1hr 23mins

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Nury Turkel’s Campaign to End the Persecution of the Uihgurs and Religious Persecution in The Context of Pan-Chinese Identity

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We explore Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping’s political doctrine that serves both cultural and economic ambitions. Then, we meet an American Uighur activist making the case for Uighur human rights.
Feb 08 2020 · 30mins
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An update on the Xinjiang crisis with Nury Turkel

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Kaiser sat down with Nury Turkel, chairman and founder of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, at the recent Association for Asian Studies conference in Denver for an impromptu catch-up on the current crisis in Xinjiang. Nury last appeared on the Sinica Podcast half a year ago. They discussed the policy options available to the U.S. as well as the difficulties of trying to get through to Chinese elites and ordinary Chinese people alike. What to listen for on this week’s Sinica Podcast: 2:31: The conversation begins with a recap of vote counts and support behind bipartisan bills that are currently working through the U.S. Congress: the Uighur Intervention and Global Humanitarian Unified Response (UIGHUR Act) and the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act. Nury says that there could be more news on these bills in the coming months: “We were told that there’s a chance that [the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act] will be finalized…sometime this summer.” 6:44: Nury calls for a larger international coalition to decry the horrors in Xinjiang, and highlight the shadow that Uyghur internment will cast on the longer history of China, stating, “In the end, we want two things. One, we want the camps to be shut down. It’s an embarrassment to the Chinese people, even in their history. It needs to be shut down. And, two, we want to be able to restore the Uyghur people’s basic dignity. Give them their dignity and respect back.” 17:48: After reporting emerged on the supposed death of famed Uyghur musician Abdurehim Heyit, Beijing pushed back with a dubious “proof of life” video. This has resulted in a social media movement to raise awareness about the horrors being committed in Xinjiang, #MeTooUyghur. Nury comments: “So, this #MeTooUyghur movement is building up still. What is amazing about this is that a lot of Uyghurs who were not comfortable sharing their stories are coming out. So, the more people show up and come out telling their stories, the more people know about it. Eventually, it will result in some tangible action.” 27:12: The Uyghurs’ ongoing internment has taken a heavy toll on them. Nury explains: “The Uyghur communities around the world [are] going through a really tough time. Crippling anxiety, a sense of guilt, hopelessness…basically [making] the Uyghurs feel disconnected from their family members. Just basic things, such as calling your parents to say, ‘How are you?’ Just imagine that you hear your mother died in a concentration camp through Radio Free Asia. Just imagine that you recognize your children in the Chinese government propaganda material as a happy child…just imagine that you manage to go to your homeland and you are not able to see your sister because your iris was not scanned or [not] part of the government data. Just imagine that you walk out and try to go to your parents’ cemetery and the Chinese government prevents you because of your religion.” 39:58: How can individuals reach out and help sympathetic Han Chinese who are in China and willing to make a stand for the Uyghurs in Xinjiang? Nury underlines the high stakes involved, not only for the Uyghurs, but for all of China: “At least recognizing that what the Chinese government is doing in the 21st century, criminalizing the entire population [of Uyghurs] collectively, is not good for Chinese civilization.”

This podcast was edited and produced by Kaiser Kuo and Jason MacRonald.

Apr 04 2019 · 46mins
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#15 The Happy Uighurs of Xinjiang | Nury Turkel and Irade Kashgary

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From police stations on every corner to vocational training/concentration camps will over a million people, the Chinese Communist Party has pulled out all the stops to make sure the Uighur ethnic minority of Xinjiang feel safe and loved. We sit down with Uighur activists Nury Turkel and Irade Kashgary to learn more about what life in Xinjiang is like.

For more information visit Uighur Human Rights Project https://uhrp.org/

World Uighur Congress http://www.uyghurcongress.org/en/

Nov 02 2018 · 56mins
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Nury Turkel and the Uyghur plight

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This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy are joined by Nury Turkel, a prominent voice in the overseas Uyghur community and the chairman of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, now based in Washington, D.C. We discussed Nury’s own experiences as a Uyghur and an activist both in China and the United States; the increasingly vocal Uyghur diaspora around the world in the wake of widespread detentions in Xinjiang; the relative absence of state-level pushback outside of China; and the international organizations that advocate for Uyghur rights in China and the accompanying pushback from Beijing. If you aren’t yet up to speed on the deteriorating state of affairs for Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, take a look at SupChina’s explainer for a comprehensive overview of the reporting of information from October 2017 through August 2018. What to listen for this week on the Sinica Podcast: 13:13: Nury elaborates on the most significant inflection points in the relationship between Xinjiang and Beijing: “The ethnic tension, the political repression, has already been there. But it has gotten worse over time. Starting in the mid-’90s, 2001, 2009, 2016. And now what we’re seeing is probably the darkest period in Uyghur history.” 22:11: Discussion of the goals of international organizations involved in documenting and researching Xinjiang and the plight of the Uyghurs, the largest being the World Uyghur Congress based in Munich, the Uyghur American Association based in Washington, D.C., and the Uyghur Human Rights Project, which Nury co-founded in 2004. Kaiser, Jeremy, and Nury discuss the ties to the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the sharp rebuke these ties draw from Beijing. 33:19: “It is mind-boggling that, to this day, since this current nightmare started about 18 months ago, no Muslim country, no Muslim leader, has criticized the Chinese government in the slightest,” Nury said in response to a question raised by Jeremy about the growing trend of Islamophobia in China. 40:15: Nury notes that there is reason for optimism, despite the dire circumstances Uyghur residents in Xinjiang now face. “I think the current political environment in China has given an opportunity for the Uyghurs’ voice to be heard.” He continues, “This is a critical movement in Uyghur history. This is a terrible [humanitarian] crisis as it has been portrayed by some U.S. lawmakers. But, at the same time, this issue has put the Uyghurs on an international map.” Recommendations: Jeremy: Maus (1 and 2), graphic novels by American cartoonist Art Spiegelman. Nury: The Uyghur Human Rights Project report The Mass Internment of Uyghurs. Also: The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History, by Rian Thum; The Uyghurs: Strangers in Their Own Land, by Gardner Bovingdon; and Eurasian Crossroads, by Jim Millward. Kaiser: Harry Belafonte’s 1959 live album, At Carnegie Hall.

This podcast was edited and produced by Kaiser Kuo and Jason MacRonald.

Oct 11 2018 · 1hr 7mins
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Nury Turkel - Uyghur Human Rights Project, Washington

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'Sense the party's thought, obey the party's words, follow the party's lead' are the words printed in red on a building at an internment camp in Xinjiang, China. It is one of the country's wealthiest provinces, and also one of its most restive. It has one and a half per cent of China's population, yet over 20 per cent of its arrests. Meanwhile, there are reports of over a million people currently in detention. The Government says the camps are needed to "re-educate" the people. Nury Turkel, chairman of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, disagrees. Uyghurs, an ethnic group who practice Islam, say Xinjiang has become a giant prison. Yet armed groups have killed hundreds in recent years, and the US and UK among others have placed the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, based in the region, among those they call terrorists. Is he being duped, or is China duping the rest of the world?
Sep 17 2018 · 22mins