Chaired by Adam Hug, director of the Foreign Policy Centre, the panel considered the scale of the problem, identified the main target groups and provided practical recommendations on how to counter transnational repressive practices in Central Asia and beyond. The event was headlined by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, a leading Belarus dissident and opposition leader.
Other speakers included Nate Schenkkan of Freedom House, Edward Lemon, president of the OXUS Society for Central Asian Affairs and Columbia University professor Alexander Cooley.
0:00:00 Opening speech by Anthony Borden, Executive Director, IWPR
0:07:20 Keynote address by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Belarus opposition leader
0:15:46 “Global and theoretical context for understanding transnational repression, with a special focus on Central Asia” by Nate Schenkkan, Freedom House
0:27:21 “The general features and development of transnational repression in Central Asia’ and ‘China’s use of transnational repression to target the Uyghurs” by Dr Edward Lemon, the OXUS Society for Central Asian Affairs
0:40:42 “What’s New about the New Transnational Repression?” by Dr Alexander Cooley, Harriman Institute
0:54:30 Q&A session
1:30:22 Closing remarks by Abakhon Sultonnazarov, Regional Director for Central Asia, IWPR