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  • #16

    Eradication of extremism has given Xinjiang women more autonomy, says report
    By Cui Jia | | Updated: 2021-01-07 20:13

    Decreases in the birthrate and natural population growth rate in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region in 2018 resulted from the eradication of religious extremism, a report released on Thursday said.

    The report on population change in Xinjiang published by the Xinjiang Development Research Center said extremism had incited people to resist family planning and its eradication had given Uygur women more autonomy when deciding whether to have children.

    The changes were not caused by "forced sterilization" of the Uygur population, as repeatedly claimed by some Western scholars and politicians, it said.

    In a research report released last year, Adrian Zenz, a German scholar, said there had been a significant drop in the natural population growth rate in southern Xinjiang in 2018 and claimed that proved China was trying to control the size of the Uygur population.

    For a period of time, the penetration of religious extremism made implementing family planning policy in southern Xinjiang, including Kashgar and Hotan prefectures, particularly difficult, the research center's report said. That had led to rapid population growth in those areas as some extremists incited locals to resist family planning policy, resulting in the prevalence of early marriage and bigamy, and frequent unplanned births.

    In the process of eradicating extremism, the minds of Uygur women were emancipated and gender equality and reproductive health were promoted, making them no long baby-making machines, it said. Women have since been striving to become healthy, confident and independent.

    Family planning policies have been fully implemented in the region in accordance with the law, the report said...


  • #17

    'Their goal is to destroy everyone': Uighur camp detainees allege systematic rape
    By Matthew Hill, David Campanale and Joel Gunter
    BBC News
    Published 1 hour ago

    Women in China's "re-education" camps for Uighurs have been systematically raped, sexually abused, and tortured, according to detailed accounts obtained by the BBC. You may find some of the details in this story distressing.

    The men always wore masks, Tursunay Ziawudun said, even though there was no pandemic then.

    They wore suits, she said, not police uniforms.

    Sometime after midnight, they came to the cells to select the women they wanted and took them down the corridor to a "black room", where there were no surveillance cameras.

    Several nights, Ziawudun said, they took her.

    "Perhaps this is the most unforgettable scar on me forever," she said.

    "I don't even want these words to spill from my mouth."

    Tursunay Ziawudun spent nine months inside China's vast and secretive system of internment camps in the Xinjiang region. According to independent estimates, more than a million men and women have been detained in the sprawling network of camps, which China says exist for the "re-education" of the Uighurs and other minorities.

    Human rights groups say the Chinese government has gradually stripped away the religious and other freedoms of the Uighurs, culminating in an oppressive system of mass surveillance, detention, indoctrination, and even forced sterilisation....


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      • #19

        Uighurs: 'Credible case' China carrying out genocide
        By James Landale
        Diplomatic correspondent
        Published 10 hours ago

        There is a "very credible case" that the Chinese government is carrying out the crime of genocide against the Uighur people, according to a formal legal opinion newly published in the UK.

        It concludes there is evidence of state-mandated behaviour showing an intent to destroy the largely Muslim minority in north-western China.

        This includes the deliberate infliction of harm on Uighurs in detention, measures to prevent women giving birth - including sterilisation and abortion - and the forcible transfer of Uighur children out of their community.

        And, significantly, it says there is a credible case that Chinese President Xi Jinping is himself responsible for these crimes against humanity. It states "the close involvement of Xi Jinping" in the targeting of Uighurs would support a "plausible" case of genocide against him.

        It says: "On the basis of the evidence we have seen, this Opinion concludes that there is a very credible case that acts carried out by the Chinese government against the Uighur people in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region amount to crimes against humanity and the crime of genocide."

        A legal opinion is the professional judgement of a respected QC - an independent expert in their field - who assesses the evidence and the law and comes to a conclusion. It does not have a legal standing, like a court judgement, but can be used as a basis for legal action.

        This opinion was commissioned - but not paid for - by the Global Legal Action Network, a human rights campaign group that focuses on cross-border legal issues, and the World Uighur Congress and the Uighur Human Rights Project...


        • #20

          MPs vote to label China's persecution of Uighurs a genocide
          266 MPs out of 338 vote in favour of motion; majority of cabinet absent from vote
          Ryan Patrick Jones ? CBC News ? Posted: Feb 22, 2021 12:11 PM ET | Last Updated: 22 minutes ago

          The House of Commons today accused the Chinese government of carrying out a campaign of genocide against Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims.

          A substantial majority of MPs — including most Liberals who participated — voted in favour of a Conservative motion that says China's actions in its western Xinjiang region meet the definition of genocide set out in the 1948 United Nations Genocide Convention.

          The final tally was 266 in favour and zero opposed. Two MPs formally abstained.

          Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and almost all of his cabinet colleagues were absent for the vote. Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau was the only cabinet minister present. When it was his turn, he said he abstained "on behalf of the Government of Canada."

          The motion also calls on the government to lobby the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Winter Olympic Games out of Beijing.

          It was passed over the strenuous objections of Chinese Ambassador to Canada Cong Peiwu, who denounced the vote as meddling in China's internal affairs...


          • #21

            Beijing lashes out at Canada over Uighur genocide vote
            Foreign ministry spokesperson accuses MPs of maligning China
            Ryan Patrick Jones ? CBC News ? Posted: Feb 23, 2021 12:38 PM ET | Last Updated: 2 hours ago

            The Chinese government lashed out at Canada today after the House of Commons voted to declare that China is committing genocide against Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims in its western Xinjiang region.

            MPs passed a motion Monday saying that China's persecution of these groups amounts to genocide in accordance with the definition set out in the 1948 UN Genocide Convention, and called on the federal government to formally adopt that position.

            In a media briefing in Beijing this morning, a spokesperson for China's foreign ministry said the Commons motion disregarded facts and was aimed at maligning and smearing China.

            "Facts have proven that there's no genocide in Xinjiang. This is the lie of the century made up by extremely anti-China forces," said Wang Webin, according to a translation of his remarks provided by the foreign ministry...


            • #22

              First independent report into Xinjiang genocide allegations claims evidence of Beijing's 'intent to destroy' Uyghur people
              By Ben Westcott and Rebecca Wright, CNN
              Updated 1:34 AM ET, Tue March 9, 2021

              Hong Kong (CNN)The Chinese government's alleged actions in Xinjiang have violated every single provision in the United Nations' Genocide Convention, according to an independent report by more than 50 global experts in human rights, war crimes and international law.

              The report, released Tuesday by the Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy think tank in Washington DC, claimed the Chinese government "bears state responsibility for an ongoing genocide against the Uyghur in breach of the (UN) Genocide Convention."
              It is the first time a non-governmental organization has undertaken an independent legal analysis of the accusations of genocide in Xinjiang, including what responsibility Beijing may bear for the alleged crimes. An advance copy of the report was seen exclusively by CNN.

              Up to 2 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities are believed to have been placed in a sprawling network of detention centers across the region, according to the US State Department, where former detainees allege they were subjected to indoctrination, sexually abused and even forcibly sterilized. China denies allegations of human rights abuses, saying the centers are necessary to prevent religious extremism and terrorism...


              • #23

                Canada sanctions 4 Chinese officials for human rights abuses in Xinjiang
                Co-ordinated effort with U.S. and other allies comes one month after MPs accused China of 'genocide'
                Ryan Patrick Jones ? CBC News ? Posted: Mar 22, 2021 3:49 PM ET | Last Updated: 29 minutes ago

                Canada joined the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union today in placing sanctions on Chinese officials suspected of involvement in a years-long campaign of persecution against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in China's western Xinjiang province.

                In a statement announcing the sanctions, Global Affairs Canada accused the four high-ranking officials of participating in human rights violations in Xinjiang.

                The statement said mounting evidence shows the Chinese state is responsible for arbitrarily imprisoning more than one million people on the basis of their religion and ethnicity, and for subjecting them to "political re-education, forced labour, torture and forced sterilization."

                China has denied all reports of human rights abuses in the region, claiming that the camps are vocational training centres needed to fight extremism.

                "These measure reflect our grave concern with the gross and systematic rights abuses taking place in the region," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at an unrelated event in Quebec.

                "We will continue to work closely with our international partners to pursue accountability and transparency."

                The sanctions freeze any assets the officials have in Canada. They also ban them from travelling to Canada and Canadian citizens and businesses from providing them with financial services.

                The four officials Canada is targeting are:

                Chen Mingguo, director of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau.
                Wang Mingshan, secretary of the political and legal affairs committee in Xinjiang and former director of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau.
                Zhu Hailun, former deputy party secretary of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
                Wang Junzheng, secretary of the party committee of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.

                Canada also announced sanctions against the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps Public Security Bureau, a state-run organization responsible for security and policing.

                Unified approach

                Britain and the European Union announced sanctions on the same four officials earlier in the day...


                • #24

                  China squeezes Western brands as Xinjiang backlash builds
                  14 hrs ago

                  China on Thursday launched a PR war on Western brands critical of rights abuses against Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang, with celebrities severing ties to Nike and Adidas, H&M facing a boycott and Burberry dumped from a deal with a gaming giant.

                  At least one million Uyghurs and people from other mostly Muslim groups have been held in camps in the region, according to right groups, where authorities are also accused of forcibly sterilising women and imposing forced labour.

                  It is one of the world's top cotton-producing areas feeding many Western garment brands with textiles. But several firms have tried to put distance between their brands and Xinjiang cotton producers since the allegations emerged.

                  That has enraged China, which denies any abuses, insisting labour camps are in fact training programmes and work schemes that have helped stamp out extremism and raise incomes.

                  On Thursday celebrities, tech brands and state media -- aided by outrage on China's tightly-controlled social media -- piled in on several global fashion brands, as China's vast consumer market was mobilised against critics of Beijing's actions in Xinjiang...


                  • #25

                    Uighurs: China bans UK MPs after abuse sanctions

                    China has imposed sanctions on nine UK citizens - including five MPs - for spreading what it called "lies and disinformation" about the country.

                    The group are among the most vocal critics of China in the UK.

                    It comes in retaliation for measures taken by the UK government on Monday over human rights abuses against the Uighur Muslim minority group.

                    Boris Johnson said those sanctioned were "shining a light" on "gross human rights violations".

                    "Freedom to speak out in opposition to abuse is fundamental and I stand firmly with them," the prime minister said in a tweet.




                    • #26
                      Apparently China's rulers do not understand human rights. Rulers who think sticking a swab up the asses of 1,000 children and staff at a school because of one case of COVID-19 is ok, then well....there is no talking to them about human rights. And....none of those 1,000 were positive.

                      The fact is the China rulers can barely hold onto the control of their population. 1.4 billion people is a lot of mouths to feed.
                      Last edited by sharon sanders; March 27, 2021, 04:46 AM. Reason: typo


                      • #27

                        BBC Reporter Leaves China, Says 'Too Risky To Carry On'
                        By AFP News
                        03/31/21 AT 12:59 PM

                        A senior BBC correspondent said Wednesday he had left China for Taiwan, after facing legal threats and pressure from authorities over his reporting on Xinjiang rights abuses and the coronavirus pandemic.

                        John Sudworth told BBC Radio 4 in an interview that he had relocated to Taiwan after nine years in Beijing as it was "too risky to carry on".

                        Threats from Chinese authorities had "intensified" in recent months, he added...

                        Press freedom groups say the space for foreign reporters to operate in China is increasingly tightly controlled, with journalists followed on the streets, suffering harassment online and refused visas.

                        "The BBC has faced a full-on propaganda attack not just aimed at the organisation itself but at me personally across multiple Communist Party-controlled platforms," said Sudworth, who will continue to work as China correspondent from Taiwan.

                        "We face threats of legal action, as well as massive surveillance now, obstruction and intimidation, whenever and wherever we try to film," he added, reporting that he and his family had been "followed by plainclothes police" as they left to fly out of China.

                        Sudworth's wife, Irish journalist Yvonne Murray, left the country with him "because of mounting pressure from the Chinese authorities", her employer RTE reported...

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                          • #29

                            April 19, 2021 4:50PM EDT
                            | News Release
                            China: Crimes Against Humanity in Xinjiang
                            Mass Detention, Torture, Cultural Persecution of Uyghurs, Other Turkic Muslims

                            (New York) ? The Chinese government is committing crimes against humanity against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in the northwest region of Xinjiang, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Chinese leadership is responsible for widespread and systematic policies of mass detention, torture, and cultural persecution, among other offenses. Coordinated international action is needed to sanction those responsible, advance accountability, and press the Chinese government to reverse course.

                            The 53-page report, ??Break Their Lineage, Break Their Roots?: China?s Crimes against Humanity Targeting Uyghurs and Other Turkic Muslims,? authored with assistance from Stanford Law School?s Human Rights & Conflict Resolution Clinic, draws on newly available information from Chinese government documents, human rights groups, the media, and scholars to assess Chinese government actions in Xinjiang within the international legal framework. The report identified a range of abuses against Turkic Muslims that amount to offenses committed as part of a widespread and systematic attack directed against a population: mass arbitrary detention, torture, enforced disappearances, mass surveillance, cultural and religious erasure, separation of families, forced returns to China, forced labor, and sexual violence and violations of reproductive rights...



                            This Manitoba couple lived in Xinjiang for 10 years. They can no longer stay silent about what they saw
                            By Joanna ChiuVancouver Bureau
                            Jeremy NuttallVancouver Bureau
                            Wed., April 21, 2021timer6 min. read
                            updateArticle was updated 2 hrs ago

                            VANCOUVER?The two Canadians were walking down a sidewalk in their neighbourhood in Turpan, a city in China?s northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, when everyone seemed to freeze.

                            A Uyghur man had accidentally tripped over a police officer?s foot.

                            The man, who was in his 30s, grimaced and looked stricken about the misstep. The officer flew into a rage and grabbed the man around his neck with two hands, dragging him to one of the many police stations at every major intersection.

                            No one dared look.

                            All around the street, everyone averted their eyes, and some even plastered a smile on their faces.

                            ?People were pretending not to see. Everyone acted calm, because nobody wanted to be noticed by police, too,? Andrea Dyck recalled of the 2017 incident.

                            Andrea and her husband Gary, who are both from small towns in Manitoba, had lived in Xinjiang for almost 10 years by that point. They were fluent in Uyghur and Mandarin, and their social group was made up of mostly Uyghur families and ?ordinary office workers.?

                            After stints with poverty alleviation NGOs in Central Asia, the couple had set up a social enterprise in Turpan that processed agricultural waste and sold compost to local farmers.

                            They are now speaking out about the horrors they witnessed, when around them, an estimated million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities were forcibly taken to internment camps for ?re-education.? ...


                            • #30

                              Uyghurs are being deported from Muslim countries, raising concerns about China's growing reach
                              By Jomana Karadsheh and Gul Tuysuz, CNN
                              Updated 1:01 AM ET, Tue June 8, 2021

                              Istanbul, Turkey (CNN)Amannisa Abdullah and her husband, Ahmad Talip, were on their way to shop for baby clothes in Dubai, when the message that changed both their lives came through. Ahmad read it and announced an abrupt change of plan: He had to report to a police station immediately.
                              Ahmad dropped Amannisa off at a friend's house that day in February 2018, promising to pick her up later. He never came back.
                              In their Dubai apartment, a sleepless Amannisa prayed and cried through the night, watching the hours pass as her repeated calls to Ahmad went unanswered.
                              The next morning, the heavily pregnant 29-year-old shuffled out of the door, hugging her 5-year-old son close. They hailed a taxi to the police station where she tried to explain her predicament to a police officer.
                              As she spoke, her little boy tugged at her hand. Quietly, he pointed towards a jail cell where Ahmad was sitting.
                              For 13 days, Amannisa shuttled back and forth between her home and the jail, pleading with law enforcement officials to release Ahmad.
                              With each visit, her husband looked more dejected. He told her he was convinced that the long reach of China had reached his Uyghur family in the United Arab Emirates.
                              "It's not safe here. You must take our boy and [go] to Turkey," he told Amannisa in their last conversation. "If our new baby is a girl, please name her Amina. If he's a boy, name him Abdullah."
                              A week later, Ahmad was sent to the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi. Five days later, Amannisa said, Abu Dhabi authorities told her that he had been extradited to China.
                              Their daughter, Amina, was born a month later in Turkey. She has never met her father...