Governments around the world must ACT NOW on the genocide of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, China
“The ambition of the Chinese Communist Party is to eliminate the next generation of Uighur Muslims.” – Olivia Enos, Senior Policy Analyst, Asian Studies Center, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy. The Heritage Foundation
Between 1.8 and 3 million Uighur Muslims are currently in “re-education camps” in China.
Every day, they face forced labour, sterilization, abortions, and torture.
Olivia Enos is a specialist in human rights in Asia and has testified before the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom for the rights of Uighur Muslims in China. She describes the “re-education camps” as “modern-day horrors.”
“Inside these camps, Uighurs are subject to more than just forced reeducation. They also face rape and other sexual violence and sometimes even death,” Enos says. “The CCP is already busy subjugating Uighurs by means of forced labor. Investigations using detailed satellite imagery confirm that 170 of the 260 known political reeducation camps have shared facilities with factories, where the detainees are no doubt forced to work.”
The United States, Canada, the U.K., and the Netherlands have all declared the actions against the Uighur Muslims a genocide. But none of these governments has put any plan of action to help stop the continued persecution.
Enos explains that the ambition of the Chinese Communist Party is to eliminate the next generation of Uighur Muslims.
“This is among the worst humanitarian crises of the 21st century,” says Enos.
Testifying in Canada’s House of Commons, Adrian Zenz, Senior Fellow in China Studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, said, “By 2019, Xinjiang planned to subvert over 80% of women of child-bearing age in the southern four minority prefectures to birth control measures with “long-term effectiveness.” This refers to either IUDs or sterilizations.”
Enos continues, “the Uighur Muslims are seen as a threat to the core form of Chinese Communist Party, which is to maintain stability and sovereignty.” The government is forcing Uighur Muslims to abandon their cultural and religious practices through the re-education camps as well as separating children from parents and sending the children to live-in preschools or boarding schools to indoctrinate them to ways of the party.
“The Chinese government is targeting and dismantling families,” Enos adds.
Enos is asking for the rest of the world to demand action for the protection of the Uighur Muslim people. She encourages people to educate themselves on what is happening in Xinjiang and find ways to become involved and help through refugee programs and advocacy groups.
To learn more about what is happening to the Uighur Muslims and how you can get involved, see these resources.