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Media Release: Reports that Australian research contributed to racially profiling Uyghurs “extremely disturbing”

Media Release
Mehreen Faruqi 16 Jul 2019

Australian Greens Senator and Spokesperson for Education, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, has responded to reports of links between Australian universities and development of Chinese government technology used in the oppression and abuse of the human rights of Uyghur people. 

Senator Faruqi said:

“Reports that Australian universities have accepted funding from CETC are extremely disturbing, given the company’s role in creating the technology that is accelerating oppression of Uyghurs in China. The suggestion that Australian research may have contributed to racially profile Uyghurs is equally distressing.

“Universities must now review their existing partnerships and their research ethics process to ensure their work does not contribute to global oppression and abuses of human rights.

“This is a clear failure of the ethics process and universities’ responsibility to the common good.

“Universities accepting funding from any military organisation that aims to develop the tools of war and oppression is ethically compromising. Our universities should reject this collaboration, funding and the military-industrial influence that comes with it," she concluded. 

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