Wu’er Kaixi

General Secretary at the Taiwan Parliamentary Human Rights Commission

Wu’er Kaixi was born in China in 1968 and is a Uyghur national. He was one of the founders and key organizers of the 1989 Tiananmen student movement. Listed as No. 2 on the Chinese government’s list of most wanted student leaders after the June 4 massacre, he fled the country and started his exile life. He lives in Taiwan, where he remains an active human rights and democracy activist as well as a celebrated political commentator and columnist. He serves as the general secretary of the Taiwan Parliamentary Human Rights Commission, an emeritus board member of Reporters Without Borders, the honorary president of the Ilham Tohti Institute, and the honorary chairman of the Campaign for Uyghurs.

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