What’s happening to the Uighurs?

Police arrest and harass protestors at the July 5 demonstrations in 2009.

Join IHRC for a conversation on China’s persecution of Uighurs.

WHEN: Wednesday 21 August 2019, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

WHERE: IHRC Bookshop, 202 Preston Road, Wembley, London HA9 8PA

Refreshments available
Wudu and prayer facilities available

IHRC Bookshop is a minute’s walk from Preston Road Underground station (Metropolitan line). Free parking on nearby residential roads is also available.

Reports coming out of China in recent weeks have increased concerns regarding the situation of the Uighur community from Xinjiang province in the north-west.  There has been a long history of mistreatment and persecution of the Uighurs, including the eradication of culture and heritage, religious persecution, mass transfers of populations in and out of Xinjiang and political suppression.


Arzu Merali is the Head of Research at Islamic Human Rights Commission

Abed Choudhury is the Head of Legal and Advocacy at Islamic Human Rights Commission

Enver Tohti Bughda was born in Hami (Qumul) city in Xinjiang China. He received his primary and secondary education in Urumchi city, the capital of Uyghur autonomous region. Upon graduating from Shihezi Medical University, joined the Railway Central Hospital as a surgical oncologist. Worked with that capacity for over 13 years before leaving the People’s Republic of China for political reasons. 
After discovering the connection between the disproportionate high malignant tumour rate and the nuclear test in the Lupnur region in Tarim Basin in Xinjiang, with the help of a British film crew he exposed the devastating effect of nuclear test by making a documentary film about the test victims. As a result he was compelled to quit the PRC and seek asylum in the UK. 

Upon acquiring political asylum and settling in London, through actively attending various international conferences and public discussion forums, he continued to promote knowledge about the shocking consequences of nuclear test in Lupnor (luobopu) area, and fought for the right of the test victims. Having being ordered to remove organs from an executed prisoner, he has taken up a major role in the campaign of against organ harvesting, determined to bring the China’s darkest secret to light. He was also a political activist who campaigned for the human rights of the Uyghur people and, for number of years headed the Uyghur political activities in the UK.

Years of public appearances and promoting Uyghur cause in the global stage has brought him international recognition as an expert speaker on nuclear test issue in Xinjiang, China. Today, he is frequently being invited to present talks in important international conferences globally. He is not only a passionate advocate of Uyghur cause, but a qualified medical surgeon with first hand information about the topic.