What China Is Doing to Its Uighur Population Isn’t Getting Nearly Enough Attention

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a35407227/china-uighur-population-genocide-xinjiang/

The details are indescribably bad, and they should enrage Americans and embarrass any company doing business with China.

The story that isn’t going to get anywhere near enough attention in the foreseeable future became quite clear on Tuesday night. The BBC went live with a horrific account of what China is doing to rid itself of its Uighur population.

Tursunay Ziawudun spent nine months inside China’s vast and secretive system of internment camps in the Xinjiang region. According to independent estimates, more than a million men and women have been detained in the sprawling network of camps, which China says exist for the “re-education” of the Uighurs and other minorities. Human rights groups say the Chinese government has gradually stripped away the religious and other freedoms of the Uighurs, culminating in an oppressive system of mass surveillance, detention, indoctrination, and even forced sterilisation.

The policy flows from China’s President, Xi Jinping, who visited Xinjiang in 2014 in the wake of a terror attack by Uighur separatists. Shortly after, according to documents leaked to the New York Times, he directed local officials to respond with “absolutely no mercy”. The US government said last month that China’s actions since amounted to a genocide. China says reports of mass detention and forced sterilisation are “lies and absurd allegations”.

The details are indescribably bad, but the BBC does a fairly good job describing them, and they should enrage Americans and embarrass any company doing business with the regime that is conducting the worst genocidal campaign since the end of the horrors in what used to be Yugoslavia. [ … ]

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