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Forced Labour and Genocide: Then and Now

Wednesday 5 May 2021 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm BST


Forced Labour and Genocide: the Jewish experience in the Nazi-era and today’s Uyghur reality in China

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The Government of China is perpetrating human rights abuses on a massive scale in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Uyghur Region), known to local people as East Turkistan, targeting the Uyghur population and other Turkic and Muslim-majority peoples based on their religion and ethnicity. These abuses include arbitrary mass detention of an estimated range of 1 million to 1.8 million people and a programme of re-education and forced labour. This involves both detainee labour inside internment camps and prisons and multiple forms of involuntary labour at workplaces across the Region and cities across China.

Detention in labour and concentration camps is not something new or unfamiliar to Jewish people.

René Cassin and the Wiener Holocaust Library invite you to listen to our speakers who will discuss the issue of forced labour as a means of persecution and genocide used during the Nazi-era and more recently in China today.


  • Professor Johannes-Dieter Steinert, Professor of Modern European History and Migration Studies, University of Wolverhampton
  • Adrian Zenz, Senior Fellow in China studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
  • Rahima Mahmut, World Uyghur Congress and Stop Uyghur Genocide Campaign
  • Joe Collins, Co-Executive Director and Editor, Yet Again



Wednesday 5 May 2021
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm BST


Online – via Eventbrite & Zoom


René Cassin