FILE PHOTO: Workers walk by the perimeter fence of what is officially known as a vocational skills education centre in Dabancheng in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China September 4, 2018. This centre, situated between regional capital Urumqi and tourist spot Turpan, is among the largest known ones, and was still undergoing extensive construction and expansion at the time the photo was taken. Picture taken September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

A report on Monday revealed that the Uighur and other ethnic minority women in the Xinjiang region of China are being forcibly sterilized. Allegedly, the sterilization is enforced to restrict women from exceeding birth quotas, however, women under the limit have still been administered IUDs involuntarily. In addition to IUDs, other practices include involuntary abortions, surgeries, and birth control drugs and injections. Local governments have established a system that rewards individuals who come forward with information on illegal births. Experts have speculated that China is using birth quotas to specifically target Muslims as a front for further “ethno-racial domination.” Uighur population growth rates have fallen by more than 84% since 2015. Chinese authorities have called these allegations “fabricated” and stated that all ethnic minorities are treated equally. 

In conjunction with forced sterilization, Uighur Muslims have also been forced into internment camps or jail for political and religious re-education programs because of alleged “signs of religious extremism.” Some publications have highlighted “having too many children” as one of the reasons individuals were sent to those camps, with parents taken if “they cannot pay huge fines.”

Following the initial report published earlier today, a group of international lawmakers has requested intervention from the United Nations. The group of 50 UN experts has pleaded with China to carry out investigations, however, they speculate that it is unlikely that Beijing will comply. The Interparliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) stated, “A body of mounting evidence now exists, alleging mass incarceration, indoctrination, extrajudicial detention, invasive surveillance, forced labor, and the destruction of Uyghur cultural sites, including cemeteries, together with other forms of abuse.”

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

Call for UN probe over reports that China forces birth control on Uighurs to suppress population – The Telegraph – 6/29/2020
The Chinese government is allegedly taking forceful measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, according to an alarming new report on aggressive birth control policies in China’s Xinjiang province.

China subjects Muslim minorities to forced birth control, abortions to suppress population, report says – Fox News – 6/29/2020
China’s foreign ministry called the story “fabricated” and “fake news,” saying the government treats all ethnicities equally and protects the legal rights of minorities. “Everyone, regardless of whether they’re an ethnic minority or Han Chinese, must follow and act in accordance with the law,” ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Monday.

China ‘forcing birth control’ to suppress Uighurs – BBC News – 6/29/2020
In a statement on Monday, the Interparliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), an international cross-party group of politicians including Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC and US senator Marco Rubio, called on the UN to “establish an international, impartial, independent investigation into the situation in the Xinjiang region.”

China is waging ‘demographic genocide’ against Muslim minorities through forced sterilization, IUDs – The Week – 6/29/2020
“The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population,” The Associated Press reports, citing government statistics and documents and interviews with 30 people subject to “what some experts are calling a form of ‘demographic genocide.’

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

Wajahat Ali on Twitter, 6/29/2020: Trump according to Bolton praised China’s President for the internment and torture of Uighur Muslims saying it was “exactly the right thing” to do. I wish that caused more outrage. He later justified all of it due to a trade deal.

Lyn Brown on Twitter, 6/29/2020: Today I raised warning signs of genocide against the Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. I am worried by the Minister’s responses. We should not value trade with China over human rights. If they won’t act, our councils, universities and other public bodies should be free to do so. https://t.co/vqXhrE24qf

İyad el-Baghdadi | إياد البغدادي on Twitter, 6/29/2020: You’re right. Muslim silence towards what’s happening to the Uighur is deafening. The attitude of Muslim-majority governments is especially shameful. That said, this is not only a Muslim issue, this is a human rights issue. You don’t have to be Muslim to care.

Adrian Zenz on Twitter, 6/29/2020: Xinjiang gov’t document: “Guide the masses of farmers and herdsmen to spontaneously carry out family planning sterilization surgery, implement the free policy of birth control surgery, effectively promote family planning work, and effectively control excessive population growth.” https://t.co/sd4H17VWPy

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