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This report was edited by Brad Adams, executive director for the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch; Mickey Spiegel, Senior Researcher; and Joe Saunders, deputy program director. Dinah PoKempner, general counsel for Human Rights Watch provided legal review. Jo-Anne Prud’homme, associate for the Asia division, provided administrative and technical assistance. Production assistance was provided by Andrea Holley, manager of outreach and public education; Fitzroy Hepkins, mail manager; Veronica Matushaj, photo editor; Elijah Zarwan, web editor; and Jagdish Parikh, online communications content coordinator. Maps were designed by John Emerson.

Human Rights Watch would like to thank many in the Uighur community in Xinjiang and in several countries for their contributions to the report. Many, themselves victims or witnesses to human rights abuses, risked danger to themselves and their families by sharing their knowledge and experiences with us. Human Rights Watch also wishes to thank Sidney Jones, Robert Barnett and Zama Coursen-Neff, and the staff of Human Rights in China, for their contributions to the report.

Human Rights Watch

Asia Division

Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.

We stand with victims and activists to bring offenders to justice, to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom and to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime.

We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable.

We challenge governments and those holding power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law.

We enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all.

The staff includes Kenneth Roth, executive director; Carroll Bogert, associate director; Michele Alexander, development director; Peggy Hicks, global advocacy director; Barbara Guglielmo, finance director; Lotte Leicht, Brussels office director; Steve Crawshaw, London office director; Maria Pignataro Nielsen, human resources director; Iain Levine, program director; Wilder Tayler, legal and policy director; and Joanna Weschler, United Nations representative. Jane Olson is the chair of the board. Robert L. Bernstein is the founding chair.

Its Asia division was established in 1985 to monitor and promote the observance of internationally recognized human rights in Asia. Brad Adams is executive director; Saman Zia-Zarifi is deputy director, Sara Colm and Mickey Spiegel are senior researchers; Meg Davis, Meenakshi Ganguly, Ali Hasan, Charmain Mohamed, John Sifton, and Tejshree Thapa are researchers; Jo-Anne Prud’homme and Fatima Ayub are associates. Joanne Leedom-Ackerman is chairperson of the advisory committee.

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Human Rights in China

The mission of Human Rights in China (HRIC) is to promote universally recognized human rights and advance the institutional protection of these rights in the People's Republic of China (China). As a Chinese NGO with extensive networks inside China, HRIC contributes uniquely to human rights work in China by implementing programs to generate institutional, systemic change in China while also engaging in critical advocacy strategies on behalf of individuals in China. We seek to enlarge the independent civil space within China by engaging a broad cross-section of citizens and activists inside and outside China.

HRIC's approach is guided and informed by four key objectives:

- Promoting a growing rights consciousness and reaffirming the dignity of the Chinese people.

- Supporting the development of civil society and empowering peaceful grassroots activism.

- Acting as a catalyst for social change towards a more open, just, and democratic China.

- Advocating effective implementation or revision of China's domestic laws and practices in compliance with international human rights obligations.

In pursuit of these objectives, HRIC engages in interrelated education, research, and international, domestic, and electronic advocacy projects.

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