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The Rising Stakes of Refugee Issues in China

A roundtable discussion presented by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China

May 1, 2009 10:30am to 12:00pm

At this CECC Roundtable, a panel of experts will discuss the Chinese government’s treatment of and policies toward asylum seekers and refugee communities, particularly North Koreans fleeing persecution and starvation in their homeland, and assess Beijing’s compliance with international laws and conventions that protect refugees. What particular problems does North Korea present for the Chinese government and the international community in the area of human rights and refugee protection and resettlement? How does the Chinese government handle Tibetans and Uyghurs seeking asylum abroad? What measures might encourage Beijing to comply with its obligations to refugees under international law?

Joel Charny, Vice President for Policy, Refugees International

Suzanne Scholte, North Korean refugee expert, President, Defense Forum Foundation; Chairman, North Korea Freedom Coalition

Mary Beth Markey, Tibetan refugee expert, Vice President for Advocacy and Communications, International Campaign for Tibet

Sean R. Roberts, Uyghur refugee expert, Associate Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, George Washington University

Michel Gabaudan, Regional Representative for the USA and Caribbean, and former Regional Representative in Beijing, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

For more information, please see the section on North Korean Refugees in China (pages 124-127) in the Commission’s 2008 Annual Report.

CECC Roundtables are open to the public. No RSVP is necessary.