Monday, July 19, 2021
The first Notre Dame Prize for Religious Liberty was presented to Nury Turkel of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom at the gala for the inaugural Notre Dame Religious Liberty Summit on June 28, 2021.
Turkel, a Uyghur-American attorney and human rights advocate appointed to the commission by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is being recognized for his inspired advocacy on behalf of Uyghurs in western China. A largely Muslim ethnic group, the Uyghurs have courageously refused to abandon their faith and culture despite severe oppression from the Chinese Communist Party.
His acceptance speech can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi9yFP273C8