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Event Alert: UK/China – Only three days left for 'Uighurs: China 's forgotten Muslims' – An exhibition of photos by Per Engstrom 15 – 18 March, London, UK

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“You have just three days to see iconic photographs of the Uighur people who are being systematically destroyed by the Chinese authorities.”

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Event Alert: UK/China – Only three days left for 'Uighurs: China 's forgotten Muslims' – An exhibition of photos by Per Engstrom 15 – 18 March, London, UK

Don't miss the exhibition in London, running until 18th March. Further details below. If you want to host or help organise the exhibition in your area please contact the IHRC events officer on meherun@ihrc.org or on the numbers below.

1. Reviews
2. Exhibition details

1. Reviews from the exhibition launch:

Professor Stuart Weir: You have just three days to see iconic photographs of the Uighur people who are being systematically destroyed by the Chinese authorities. The photographs are in an exhibition at Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, London W1, which ends on 18 March and seeks to draw attention to the brutal denial of human rights to the ten million or so Uighur people who live in their vast homeland and former independent republic and ages-old kingdom of East Turkistan, which has been occupied by China since 1949.

The Uighurs are among the most oppressed peoples in the world. The Chinese authorities have been destroying their language, religion, ways of life and very identity, swamping their country with mass Han immigration, subjecting their young women to enforced exile and labour and poisoning their health with nuclear tests (and, as I understand it, even hiring out test sites to Pakistan and possibly France).
To read the rest of this review please visit:
http://www.opendemocracy.net/blog/ourkingdom-theme/stuart-weir/2009/03/15/uighurs-china-s-forgotten-muslims

Ammar Khan: The launch of the Uighur photo exhibition was a great success. The hall was packed out with over 130 people and the speakers captivated the listeners whilst illustrating the plight of the Uighurs.

As honesty is the best policy, I'll be very honest, before attending last night's exhibition my knowledge of the Uighur plight was very minimal. Ashamedly, I was not even aware that the Uighurs were not of Chinese origin. The widespread oppression in the region is far more like that of the Rohingya in Burma than I had imagined. I was shocked to hear that Uighur women are forcibly removed from their respective areas to eastern provinces of China in order to consolidate the falling female population in China. And again I was not aware of the natural resources which are available there which have led to the oppression of another people in our materialistic world. The speakers at the launch on the 14th March were able to describe their experiences as foreign photo journalists or as Uighur natives, each experience added to the fact that they were indeed a forgotten people.

The exhibition itself, which opens to the public for four days only holds images of the Uighur young and old and their culture. Per Engstrom has captured the very essence of Uighur people and helped to share it amongst the people of the UK.

This photo exhibition will prove to raise questions in the minds of many like other exhibitions in the past and open the doors of awareness and activism in the UK and worldwide.


2. Exhibition details

Uighurs: China's forgotten Muslims – An exhibition of photos by Per Engstrom Organised by Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC).
Sponsored by: Federation of Students' Islamic Societies (FOSIS) and the UK Uighur Association (UUA)

The photo exhibition is aimed at building public awareness for this Chinese Muslim community as well as highlighting the injustices and human rights abuses they suffer. The photographs to be on display are from Swedish photographer Per Engstrom's recent visits to the region.

Admission is free. Groups welcome (please contact the Meherun@ihrc.org if you want a guide).

Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, London, W1H 4LP
Launch date: London 15 - 18 March
Time: 10am – 7pm
Nearest Tube Station: Edgware Road (Bakerloo Line) and Marble Arch (Central Line)

Map
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&q=abrar+house+london&ie=UTF8&split=0&gl=uk&ei=cP-eSfnJM-LBjAfpjJnuCw&z=16&iwloc=addr


For more information about the event, please contact the IHRC Events Officer on (+44) 7782 403002 or meherun@ihrc.org.

To download a flyer, please click on http://www.ihrc.org.uk/file/Photoexhibition-v7WEBlowres.pdf


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