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  • #16
    Source: https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/2021...d0baa134a.html

    Eradication of extremism has given Xinjiang women more autonomy, says report
    By Cui Jia | chinadaily.com.cn | 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...

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  • #17
    Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-55794071

    '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.
    BBC

    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."
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    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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    • #18
      bump this

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      • #19
        Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-55973215

        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...

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        • #20
          Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/uig...vote-1.5922711

          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...

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          • #21
            Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/chi...tion-1.5924222

            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...

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