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A live podcast on China which brings together experts and activists for an in-depth discussion on some of the most critical issues like climate change and environment, democracy, digital authoritarianism, human rights, religious freedom, transnational repression, and other issues related to China.

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A live podcast on China which brings together experts and activists for an in-depth discussion on some of the most critical issues like climate change and environment, democracy, digital authoritarianism, human rights, religious freedom, transnational repression, and other issues related to China.

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    2024 Indian General Elections Results and India-China Relations

    2024 Indian General Elections Results and India-China Relations

    On June 4, 2024, the Election Commission of India announced the results of India’s 18th Lok Sabha election, after six weeks and seven phases of the world’s largest democratic exercise. 642 million voters of the 968 million registered voters cast their ballots in the general election that concluded on June 1. The ruling BJP won the most seats at 272, but did not receive the 272 seats needed to form a government. The opposition, led by the Indian National Congress, made a strong comeback with far more seats than in the 2019 elections.

    AFI’s Freedom Hour session looks back at India-China relations during the first two terms of Prime Minister Modi, the highs and lows, and how his government’s approach towards China compared with earlier Indian governments. Speakers share their perspective on the key China-related issues and challenges awaiting the new Indian government. Will the new government’s approach be more of the same, or will New Delhi readjust its China policy?

    Speakers:

    Aadil Brar
    China News Reporter, Newsweek

    Dr. Swati Chawla
    Associate Professor
    Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities

    Dr. Jabin T. Jacob
    Associate Professor
    Shiv Nadar University

    Manoj Joshi
    Distinguished Fellow
    Observer Research Foundation

    Content Creators: Telling Stories and Defending Human Rights

    Content Creators: Telling Stories and Defending Human Rights

    In an age where individuals with their own brands and online audiences have emerged as one of the biggest developments of the digital age, content creators and social media influencers from the Hong Kong, Tibetan and Uyghur communities are in a unique position to tell the story of their people and counter the Chinese government’s disinformation campaign and sophisticated use of the global social media ecosystem to advance a pro-China narrative. How best can these content creators and influencers use their platforms to educate, build community, mobilize and amplify human rights advocacy?

    Speakers:

    Kabir Qurban
    Executive Director at Free Uyghur Now

    Bhuchung Kata
    Creator & Host of ‘Aha Moments

    Chris Wong
    Former Journalist, YouTuber

    China’s Education Policy in East Turkistan, Southern Mongolia and Tibet

    China’s Education Policy in East Turkistan, Southern Mongolia and Tibet

    The Chinese Government’s policy of complete assimilation of Mongolian, Tibetan and Uyghur communities is being carried out most insidiously through its education policy which many have alleged it uses as an indoctrination tool and as a weapon to achieve its ultimate goal of one culture, one nation and one language. Chinese language has replaced Uyghur, Tibetan and Mongolian as the primary medium of instruction. Education policies under Xi Jinping have led to millions of Tibetan and Uyghur children forcibly separated from their families and placed in a coercive boarding schools system where they are subjected to intense training in Chinese language and culture. Those criticizing the government policies including teachers, writers and public intellectuals are being arrested and detained. The policies and actions of the government and the CCP raises the fundamental question of whether China’s education policy in East Turkistan, Southern Mongolia and Tibet constitutes cultural genocide.

    Speakers:

    Abduweli Ayup
    Uyghur Linguist & Former Political Prisoner

    Dr. Gyal Lo
    Tibetan Activist & Educational Sociologist

    Dugarjab L. Hotala
    Founding Director of InterMongol Network

    Moderator:
    Sakina Batt
    Host, Freedom Hour

    China and the U.N. Human Rights Council. Is China Succeeding in Weakening the International Human Rights System?

    China and the U.N. Human Rights Council. Is China Succeeding in Weakening the International Human Rights System?

    China’s human rights record was examined by the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the fourth time during the UPR Working Group session from January 22 to February 2, 2024. The three earlier UPR reviews of China took place in February 2009, October 2013, and November 2018, respectively. As China’s ambition to play a more prominent role at the U.N and other multilateral institutions expands, how has its approach at the U.N. Human Rights Council changed? Are the UPRs that occur approximately every five years making a difference? What can be done to counter China’s approach?

    Carmen Lau
    International Advocacy and Program Associate
    Hong Kong Democracy Council

    Peter Irwin
    Associate Director for Research/Advocacy
    Uyghur Human Rights Project

    Mandie McKeown
    Executive Director
    International Tibet Network

    Moderator:
    Sakina Batt
    Host, Freedom Hour

    Tibet at the Frontline of the Global Climate Crisis

    Tibet at the Frontline of the Global Climate Crisis

    Tibet is at the frontline of climate change with temperatures rising three times higher than the global average. Known as the Earth’s Third Pole, the vast Tibetan plateau holds the largest reserve of freshwater outside the Arctics and provides water for over 1.4 billion people. The plateau’s critical ecosystem impacts regional and global weather patterns and the region’s rich biodiversity. The delicate balance that Tibetans have historically maintained as stewards of the environment and the fragile ecosystem has been upended with the invasion and occupation of Tibet by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the policies of the Chinese government. What are the environmental and climate challenges in Tibet and its implications for people in Tibet and globally? How have Chinese government policies exacerbated the climate and environmental crisis in Tibet? What actions can be taken?

    Speakers:

    Professor Emily Yeh
    University of Colorado

    David R. Boyd
    UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights & Environment

    Lobsang Yangtso
    Research and Campaign Assistant
    International Tibet Network

    Moderator:
    Sakina Batt
    Host, Freedom Hour

    2024 Taiwan Presidential Election: A Post-Election Discussion

    2024 Taiwan Presidential Election: A Post-Election Discussion

    Close to 19.5 million Taiwanese citizens will be eligible to vote in Taiwan’s presidential and parliamentary elections on Saturday, January 13, 2024. The three main parties contesting the election are the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Taiwan People's Party (TPP). The DPP is seeking to make history by becoming the first party to win a third consecutive presidential term. The stakes are high and observers will be watching how China responds. Turnout in the last elections in 2020 was around 75%. Two long-term experts on Taiwan will share their analysis of the election outcomes, key takeaways and implications for Taiwan’s relations with China, the United States and the world.

    Speakers:

    Martin Williams
    Journalist

    Tsuni-I Cheng
    Human Rights Worker

    Moderator:
    Sakina Batt
    Host, Freedom Hour

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