Podcast: Relocation of Young Uyghur Women in China

The latest in FMO’s growing selection of podcasts focuses on a new Chinese government policy, recruiting young Uyghur women from majority Uyghur areas of East Turkestan, and transferring them to work in factories in urban areas of eastern China. Under this policy, thousands of Uyghur women have been removed from their families and placed into substandard working conditions thousands of miles from their homes. Though official propaganda slogans promote the program as an overwhelmingly positive experience for these women, less than two years after the initiation of the policy, it has already left a history of broken promises and shattered families. In interviews recorded by film-maker Simon James, between September 2008 and July 2009, four experts talk about the impact this programme is having: * Dr. Michael Dillon, visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing * Omer Kanat, Uyghur Service at Radio Free Asia * Amy Reger, Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) * Enver Tohti, chairman of the UK Uighur Association The podcast ‘Relocation of Young Uyghur Women in China’ is now available on Forced Migration Online: http://www.forcedmigration.org/podcasts/uyghur-women/ FMO Podcasts: Forced Migration Online offers a collection of audio podcasts that can be downloaded for free and listened to either on your computer or on the move (http://www.forcedmigration.org/podcasts/). The podcast series includes lectures from forced migration events and discussions between experts on forced migration issues from academia, practitioner organizations and international agencies. Also increasingly the series features interviews with refugees and other displaced people. The podcasts are in MP3 audio format. On your computer you can either use just a web browser (such as Firefox or Internet Explorer), your default multimedia software such as (QuickTime, Windows Media Player or RealPlayer) or dedicated podcast aggregator software. The version for iTunes is synchronised with the slides of the lecture. The software can be downloaded at http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

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