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The Board of Directors of the Association for Asian Studies on Thursday published a statement decrying the detention of at least 800,000 Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims in political “re-education” centers in the Xinjiang region of northwest China.

"Turkic Muslims have been interned, imprisoned or forcibly 'disappeared' since April 2017," the statement says. "Such detention constitutes a major violation of human rights and, in the case of our academic colleagues, a clear disregard for academic freedom."

“We are particularly dismayed at the disappearance of at least 386 [Uighur] intellectuals and scholars," the statement continues, citing data from a recently released Uyghur Human Rights Project report on disappeared intellectuals.