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Researchers fear consequences for cooperation on genocide study

Topics with extraordinary explosive power require an extraordinary handle from scientists. A few weeks before the publication of “The Uyghur Genocide,” a study by the Newlines Institute in Washington, its initiator, Azeem Ibrahim, contrary to his habit, picked up the phone dozens of times to contact his fellow researchers. The explosive paper deals with human rights crimes against the minority Uighurs in the Xinjiang autonomous region by the Chinese government. Ibrahim called some 60 colleagues whose work and names had contributed to the paper’s creation. He asked all of them the same question, “Will you sign?”

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