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A Four Corners Report aired on Monday has uncovered that a Curtin University researcher provided advice on Artificial Intelligence technology being used to identify specific racial groups including Uyghurs and other minority Muslim groups.
A group called Human Rights Watch has reported that these racial groups are being specifically targeted in an effort for large-scale detention and other human rights violations in Xinjiang province, where people who practice Islam have been labelled as extremists and are being imprisoned for practising their religion.
“The Curtin Student Guild condemns any research that would lead to the racial profiling of ethnic groups and ultimately lead to the abuse and incarceration of innocent people,” said Finlay Nolan, Guild President.
“Staff need to be mindful about their participation in projects where the findings can contribute to human rights atrocities here or abroad,” she said. “They should be aware that their research materials could be used by third parties to commit illegal, unethical, or discriminatory practices,” said Ms Nolan.
The Curtin Student Guild stands in solidarity with students who experience marginalisation on the basis of ethnicity and religion.
If you are experiencing distress, anxiety or are feeling overwhelmed, please contact Curtin Counselling Services for support or assistance.