Rayhan Asat

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Rayhan Asat
Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council
Yale University World Fellow
Senior Fellow at Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights
Personal details
Alma materYork University
Harvard Law School

Rayhan Asat is a Uyghur human rights advocate and lawyer. She is a 2021 Yale World Fellow, nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Senior Fellow at the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights and President of the American Turkic International Lawyers Association.[1][2][3]

Rayhan is the sister of the Uyghur entrepreneur and philanthropist Ekpar Asat, who weeks after taking part in the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), run by the US State Department, was detained by Chinese security officers in one of the Concentration Camps in Xinjiang.[4][5]

Following graduation from Harvard Law, Rayhan practised anti-corruption law at a major US Law firm before moving into the field of Human Rights.[2] Rayhan also advised the World Bank and OECD to design Human Centred Business Integrity Principles.[1]

Rayhan makes frequent media appearances and has written for a range of outlets including: Foreign Policy,[6] The Hill,[7] The Wall Street Journal,[8] Harvard Crimson[9] and NBC News.[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Rayhan Asat". Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program. Retrieved 2021-07-15.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Rayhan Asat Joins the Atlantic Council as Nonresident Senior Fellow". Atlantic Council. 2021-06-09. Retrieved 2021-07-16.
  3. "Senior Fellows". Raoul Wallenberg Centre. Retrieved 2021-07-16.
  4. "Document". www.amnesty.org. Retrieved 2021-07-16.
  5. Wong, Edward (2020-05-09). "Sister Fights to Free Uighur Businessman Held in China After U.S. Trip". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-07-16.
  6. Asat, Rayhan. "Rayhan Asat". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2021-07-16.
  7. Allott, Daniel (2020-09-24). "The Uighurs: We need another hero". TheHill. Retrieved 2021-07-16.
  8. Asat, Rayhan (2021-06-16). "Opinion | If Uyghur Lives Matter, the Olympics Should Move". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2021-07-16.
  9. "Rayhan Asat | Writer Page | The Harvard Crimson". www.thecrimson.com. Retrieved 2021-07-16.
  10. "Opinion | China is committing a genocide against Uighurs. Biden's words are nice, but we need more". NBC News. Retrieved 2021-07-16.

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