State Department official says China has turned Xinjiang into “open-air prison”Posted by Annie May / May 14, 2021
The Lithuanian government, meanwhile, has been ramping up its condemnation of the Chinese treatment of the Uighur people, coming close to calling it genocidal. The Chinese government has called such talk a “farce.”
A Uighur woman imprisoned in a 40-square meter cell with 40 other women has detailed her experiences, including electroshocks and beatings. There are dozens of such accounts in detailed in a recent report by the Human Rights Watch and Stanford Law School.
A Uighur gynecologist living in exile in Turkey has described the horrors of China’s sterilization campaign. The doctor described up to 80 surgeries a day, designed to prevent Uighur women from procreating and thus serving as a form of genocide against the Uighur people.
Chinese websites are also advertising batches of 50 to 100 Uighur laborers, part of China’s forced-labor program.
Meanwhile, Beijing has begun airing propaganda films of detained Uighurs pleading with their relatives overseas to return to Xinjiang and stop criticizing China. The people in the videos appear thing and ill, a clear sign of the inhumane treatment they are receiving. The Chinese state-run media released a La La Land-esque musical set in Xinjiang. The film portrays an idyllic world, one in which there is, you know, no genocide against the Uighur people. The Australian Uighur community is outraged following the Canberra Chinese embassy played five propaganda films about how great things are in Xinjiang.
The Chinese government has warned companies from abroad not to get involved in politics––their way of saying not to meddle in their treatment of the Uighur people. This comes just as a Facebook revealed a Chinese-led covert operation using fake Facebook accounts and fake websites to hack into Uighur phones. There is now an incredible amount of evidence that there has been an ongoing and diversified oppressive operation undertake by the Chinese ethnic majority against the Uighur people.
The Chinese government has criticized western nations critical of their treatment of the Uighur people. Chinese officials argued that the atrocities committed against native American peoples, enslaved Africans, Aboriginal Australians, and Eastern European Jews make any criticism from the perpetrating nations hypocritical. Australia refused to take the bate, vowing to continue calling out Chinese crimes against humanity.
The Dutch parliament has become the first European government to label the treatment of Uighurs genocide. The move comes just days after the Chinese government has rejected the international outcry against their treatment of the Uighur people, which other countries are calling (or coming close to calling) genocide. China has invited the UN, but in a vague sort of way.