A new Human Rights Watch report found that China committed crimes against humanity against Uyghurs and others.
By Abliz Poskam, Voice of Uyghur
April 19, 2021
“The Chinese government has committed — and continues to commit — crimes against humanity against [Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims],” declared a new report by Human Rights Watch, an international non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on human rights.
The report says “Crimes against humanity are considered among the gravest human rights abuses under international law. The specific crimes against humanity documented in this report include imprisonment or other deprivation of liberty in violation of international law; persecution of an identifiable ethnic or religious group; enforced disappearance; torture; murder; and alleged inhumane acts intentionally causing great suffering or serious injury to mental or physical health, notably forced labor and sexual violence.
The report said “In 2017, according to official statistics, arrests in Xinjiang accounted for nearly 21 percent of all arrests in China, despite people in Xinjiang making up only 1.5 percent of the total population. Since 2017, Chinese authorities have used various pretexts to damage or destroy two-thirds of Xinjiang’s mosques; about half of those have been demolished outright. Important Islamic sacred sites have been demolished across the region. As part of regional authorities’ intrusive “Becoming Families” surveillance, development, and indoctrination campaign, officials impose themselves for overnight stays at the homes of Turkic Muslims, a practice that authorities say “promote[s] ethnic unity.” In another particularly chilling practice, some Turkic Muslim children whose parents have been arbitrarily detained are placed in state institutions such as orphanages and boarding schools, including boarding preschools.
Another report by NewLines Institute, a DC-based think tank has published a full investigation into China’s treatment of Uyghurs and others and found out that it is a genocide.