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Human Rights In China Under Xi Jinping

Date: Thursday, September 8, 2022
Time: 3:00-4:15 PM (London, UK). 10:00 am EDT. 7:30 pm IST
Platform: Zoom (with live streams viewable on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter)
Event Type: Virtual, public, on-the-record and open to the press

Please join the Asia Freedom Institute for a discussion on the current state of human rights in China under Xi Jinping and what to expect after the 20th Party Congress this fall. A distinguished panel of experts will discuss China’s human rights record under Xi Jinping, the role of human rights in relations between China and Europe, and how the various communities working on advancing human rights in China can work in closer collaboration.


Eva Pils, Professor of Law at King’s College London

Lobsang Sangay, Former Sikyong of the Central Tibetan Administration

Dolkun Isa, President of the World Uyghur Congress

Finn Lau, Founder of Hong Kong Liberty and Stand with Hong Kong

Moderated by:

Sakina Batt, former host of In Conversation with Tibet TV

Opening Remarks by:

Kaydor Aukatsang, President of the Asia Freedom Institute.

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Eva Pils is Professor of Law at King’s College London, an affiliated scholar at the US-Asia Law Institute of New York University Law School, and an external member of the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg. She studied law, philosophy and sinology in Heidelberg, London and Beijing and holds a PhD in law from University College London. At King’s, she teaches courses on human rights; law and society in China; and authoritarianism, populism and the law. Before joining King’s in 2014, Eva was an associate professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law.

Lobsang Sangay is a Tibetan political leader and scholar and served as the Sikyong (President) of the Tibetan Central Administration, the Tibetan government-in-exile, from 2011 to 2021. Sangay received a Master of Laws degree and a Doctor of Juridical Science degree from the Harvard Law School. He also served as a Senior Fellow at the East Asian Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School through 2011. Lobsang is an expert on Tibet, China and  international human rights law and has given lectures around the world and has been consulted by numerous media outlets.

Dolkun Isa is a Uyghur politician and activist from East Turkistan (also known as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China). He is the 3rd and current president of the World Uyghur Congress, in office since 12 November 2017. He previously served as General Secretary and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the congress, respectively, and has spoken on behalf of the rights of the Uyghurs which make up the majority population in that region. He has also presented Uyghur human rights issues to the UN Human Rights Council, European Parliament, European governments and international human rights organizations.

Finn Lau is an advocate-in-exile and one of the 2019 Hong Kong movement leaders officially wanted by the Hong Kong authority. He is the Founder of Hong Kong Liberty. Finn was detained under inhumane conditions in Hong Kong and was beaten to near death by Chinese Communist Party’s agents in London in 2020. He underpinned key strategies like Phoenixism for the Hong Kong movement and launched global initiatives in over 50 cities throughout 2019-22 addressing Hong Kong and China democracy and human rights issues. As a chartered UK professional, Finn also specializes in infrastructure development with working experience across Hong Kong, Singapore and London in addition to his policy advocacy work across multiple parliaments like the Swedish, Danish, Swiss, UK, Canadian and European Parliament.


Sakina Batt is a producer at Meeting Point, a leading audio visual production house and buying agency in Nepal. She directs promotional videos, does voice overs, writes scripts and copywriting for the videos in Meeting Point. Sakina worked for Tibet TV at the Central Tibetan Administration in India for four years (2017-2021) where she served as a news presenter and an interview host. She also made short documentaries for the channel, wrote scripts, conducted research, edited videos and anchored the show In Conversation with Tibet TV. Sakina has a Masters in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and a bachelors from Delhi University.


Kelsang (Kaydor) Aukatsang is the Founding President of the Asia Freedom Institute and nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub. Kaydor has held various senior leadership positions in the Central Tibetan Administration including the Washington, DC representative for the Dalai Lama, Special Advisor to the President (Sikyong) of the Central Tibetan Administration, and the Director of CTA’s Social and Resource Development Fund (SARD). He was a candidate in the 2021 Tibetan presidential (Sikyong) elections. He has a Master’s in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, Medford, USA, and a Bachelor’s in English literature from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi.