Nury Turkel

Nury Turkel is an attorney in Washington D.C. specializing in regulatory compliance, with a focus on anti-bribery investigation and enforcement, litigation, and aviation. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Turkel serves as Chair of the Board for the Uyghur Human Rights Project, a documentation-based advocacy organization that he co-founded in 2004 and for which he served as Executive Director until 2006. Mr. Turkel also served as president of the Uyghur American Association from 2004 to 2006.

Mr. Turkel has testified before the U.S. Congress and given presentations at universities, government institutions, and foreign policy forums in the U.S. and internationally. He has published commentaries on policy and legal matters in publications such as The Wall Street Journal and Foreign Policy and has appeared on radio and television programs on CNN, the BBC, Fox News, Al Jazeera, France 24, NPR and ABC, among others.

Born and raised in Kashgar, Mr. Turkel received a bachelor’s degree from Northwest A&F University in Xi’an, China. He has a Master’s in International Relations and a Juris Doctor from American University.



The Uyghur Crisis: A Global Problem with Nury Turkel

Nury Turkel, attorney and Uyghur rights advocate who co-founded the Uyghur Human Rights Project, addresses the 12th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy — see quotes below, followed by full prepared remarks. On China’s mass detention of Uyghurs: “Since 2017, as many as three million Uyghurs have been detained