A ground-breaking report by a thinktank has found that China’s treatment of Uighurs breaches Genocide Convention, after undertaking an independent examination.
The Newsline Institute, which published the report with the cooperation of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, carried out the study in response to an increase in accounts of systemic acts of atrocity in China’s Xinjiang province located in the Northwest.
While the institute doesn’t suggest what action should be taken in response to this report, they have stated they are ready to share this information with anyone interested the findings uncovered.
Executive Director of Uyghur Human Rights Project, Omer Kanat, said: ‘The Chinese government is on a fast track to completely crush our people. Anyone who survives the atrocities will be scarred forever.’
‘And with fewer and fewer babies born to Uyghur parents, our homeland will be empty of any real Uyghur life within a generation.’
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has consistently denied any acts of abuse or wrongdoing against Uighur Muslims. On Monday, China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, declared accusations of genocide as ‘preposterous’ and ‘a rumour fabricated with ulterior motives, and a total lie.’
The 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide which was signed by China and 151 other countries, sets out five parameters that, if violated, will be classed as genocide on the world stage. While only one parameter must be violated to count, this report claims that China is in breach of all five.
The convention defines genocide as: ‘any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.’
The following acts that China has allegedly broken are: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; and forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
The report draws on a variety of collectible evidence, a process that involved experts in international law, genocide studies, Chinese Ethnic policies, and those from Xinjiang, all of whom were unpaid for their involvement.
The evidence included was also gathered from a variety of sources, such as public Chinese State Communications, leaked private state communications, eye-witness testimony, and open-source research methods such as satellite images.
Some of the worst alleged acts carried out by the Chinese government in the report to include several systemic abuses including selective death sentences, torture, indoctrination and forced sterilisation.
One report on forced sterilisation cites government documents from 2019 which describes plans for a campaign of mass female sterilisation in the Uyghur community apparently targeting nearly half of all married women of childbearing age in that year alone.
Le Keqiang, China’s Premier, is scheduled to take questions today on this report. It should be noted that it’s highly unlikely for something controversial to stem from this press conference as they are usually highly controlled by the state with pre-approved questions.[Header image source: Huseyin Aldemir, Shutterstock]