The Uighur Muslims of Xinjiang and their cultural ethos are at a humanitarian risk as Beijing has started a state-sponsored ethnic cleansing. The “demographic genocide” of this suppressed ethnic minority was restarted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first visit to Xinjiang in 2014. Soon after the visit, the top official of the Xinjiang Party Committee, Zhang Chunxian, started imposing strict family planning regulations to stabilize birth rates in the locality, according to the Article 15 of Chapter 3 of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Claims are that the Uighur Muslims are subjected to inhuman labour, detained in Nazi-like Concentration Camps, and the women are forced to sterilize, abort, and have contraceptive devices implanted in their bodies.
The letter to the Chinese ambassador
More than a hundred British lawmakers have signed a letter to the Chinese ambassador and demanded the immediate end of all torture and abuse on them. The letter referred to the forced population control and mass detention of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, amidst growing evidence like a video of blindfolded and shaven men waiting to be loaded on trains. “When the world is presented with such overwhelming evidence of gross human rights abuses, nobody can turn a blind eye,” said the cross-party letter, which was signed by 130 lawmakers. They called the ongoing incidents “a systematic and calculated program of ethnic cleansing against the Uighur people”, and further stated, “We as Parliamentarians in the United Kingdom write to express our absolute condemnation of this oppression and call for it to end immediately.”
The Chinese officials have repeatedly denied all allegations of sterilization, mass detention, and genocide of nearly 1 million Uighurs in Xinjiang and term these as ‘lies fabricated by anti-China forces.’ They maintain their stance by saying that Uighurs is treated equally in China, and the government will always protect the legitimate rights of all ethnic minorities. However, many Xinjiang re-education camps are being run by the CCP which brings back the horrifying resonance with the Nazi Concentration Camps and the holocaust.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the crisis
The video, which bore ‘chilling’ similarities to the German Concentration Camps, was shown to Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming during a BBC interview. The lawmakers are mostly referring to the video, and even Prime Minister Boris Johnson commented on these growing conditions. He said that Britain had taken these concerns “directly with the Chinese authorities, and we’ll continue to do so in the G20, at the UN, and in every other context.”
The Policy Times’s note on this
The world needs to be more aware of the Uighur crisis and note the planned genocide in China. More countries need to take action such that China is forced to stop the abuse. The US Department of Commerce has already banned several Chinese companies from accessing US-origin technology and commodities under human rights violations charges. The Middle East is also enraged at the systematic ethnic cleansing and is taking several steps.