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Niece of prominent Uighur scholars died in internment camp

Posted by / May 28, 2021

The niece of a prominent Uighur scholar-in-exile, Abduweli Ayup, has died in an internment camp while being investigated by the state.

A coalition made up of Uighurs, Tibetans, residents of Hong Kong, Taiwanese, and others have all called for a total boycott of the Beijing OlympicsIncreasing calls for boycotting the Beijing Olympics are ratcheting up tensions with China.

Thirteen MPs from Canada have signed a letter to the International Olympic Committee , urging them to relocate the Olympics from Beijing in protest of the genocide they’re perpetrating against Uighurs.

In his first call with Chinese official Yang Jiechi, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has pressed China over its treatment of the Uighur and Tibetans.

The U.S. State Department has also labeled China’s treatment of the Uighur people genocide, the harshest criticism of Beijing’s action and a signal that the international community may increase pressure on Beijing.

Last week, the United States Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) has concluded, finally, that “crimes against humanity – and possibly genocide – are occurring” against the Uighur people.

Columbia professor Leta Hong Fincher has warned China watchers at the Center for International and Strategic Studies conference that the country is embarking on a eugenics program. 

“What caught my eye was that they actually use specific language saying that China needs to ‘upgrade population quality,’” she said. “They need to ‘optimize their birth policy.’ They even use a term … which is effectively emphasizing the role of eugenics in population planning in China.”

Pope Francis’s new book contained a long-awaited, if too subtle, condemnation of Beijing’s treatment of religious minorities, especially the Uighur people.7

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