By Tahir Imin Uyghurian
At the dedication ceremony for the Dodd Centre for Human Rights at the University of Connecticut last week, US President Joe Biden expressed concern over China's oppression of Uyghurs.
The President had said “when we look around the world today, we cannot say that the specter of atrocity is behind us", adding that the world is seeing "the oppression and use of forced labor of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang; the treatment of the Rohingya by the military junta in Burma; the rampant abuses, including the use of starvation and sexual violence, to terrorize civilian populations in Northern Ethiopia”.
Zhao Li Jian, a spokesperson for China's foreign ministry, echoed the same propaganda when asked about Biden's statements about China's abuse of Uyghurs by China Daily, China's state-run media:
“The so-called "oppression" and "forced labor" are sheer lies. Xinjiang now enjoys social stability, economic development, solidarity among ethnic groups, and harmony among religions. People of all ethnic groups live a happy and fulfilling life, with all rights and interests prescribed by lawfully guaranteed. The so-called human rights issues in Xinjiang are an outright political conspiracy. The true intention is to undermine prosperity and stability in Xinjiang and contain China's development.
The US, a self-styled defender of democracy and human rights, has a poor record itself. The US is facing swelling racial discrimination. Its negative response to COVID-19 claimed 700,000 lives. It wantonly waged wars and killed civilians in other countries with a test tube of laundry power and a piece of fake intelligence report as the evidence, and created humanitarian disasters by imposing unilateral sanctions. The US adopts double standards and a selective approach when it turns a blind eye to the acts of killing civilians in Afghanistan.
Facts have proven time and again that the "beacon of democracy", a title that the US prides itself on, has long collapsed. It is in no position to claim to be a defender of human rights or lecture others on the issue. The US side should seriously reflect upon its own human rights abuses, manage its own business well, and stop interfering in other countries' domestic affairs and undermining their interests in the name of human rights.”
China has denied any wrongdoings against Uyghurs and has vehemently opposed international investigations into the region.