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Report concludes China ‘bears responsibility’ for genocide against Uighurs

A blistering new report concluded that the Chinese Communist Party government had the “intent to destroy” the Uighur minority population in China and committed genocide in clear violation of international law.

The Newslines Institute for Strategy and Policy, the Washington, DC-based think tank that released the report on Monday, said the ruling Chinese Communist Party “bears state responsibility” for carrying out the genocide against the Uighurs, a minority Muslim group.

The report, based on “available evidence” examined by “recognized independent experts on international law, genocide,” said the conclusions are “clear and convincing.”

The Chinese Communist Party, by carrying out its campaign of mass murder against the millions of Uighurs in the Xinjiang area of western China, breached “each and every act prohibited” by the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

The “intent to destroy” provision of the act does not require explicit policies and laws from the Chinese government but can be attributed to “a pattern of conduct, and repeated destructive acts, which have a logical sequence and result — destruction of the group as such, in whole or in substantial part,” the report said.

Members of the Uighur community and sympathizers demonstrate against China and its East Turkistan policies in Paris, France, on August 16, 2020.
Members of the Uighur community and sympathizers demonstrate against China and its East Turkistan policies in Paris, France, on August 16, 2020.
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It cited President Xi Jinping launching the “People’s War on Terror” in 2014 against the Uighurs.

Top government officials responded to Xi by issuing orders to “’round up everyone who should be rounded up,’ ‘wipe them out completely … destroy them root and branch,’ and ‘break their lineage, break their roots, break their connections, and break their origins.’” 

The government officials described the Uighurs in “dehumanizing terms and repeatedly likened the mass internment of Uyghurs to ‘eradicating tumors.’”

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, at a news conference on Monday, denied accusations that China was engaged in genocide.

“The so-called ‘genocide’ in Xinjiang is ridiculously absurd. It is a rumor with ulterior motives and a complete lie,” he said.

“When it comes to ‘genocide,’ most people think of native North Americans in the 16th century, African slaves in the 19th century, Jews in the 20th century, and the indigenous Australians who are still fighting today,” he continued.

The US is among a number of countries around the world calling out China for detaining members of the Uighur population in “re-education” camps, where they undergo systematic rape, sterilization, torture and forced labor.

The report ​corroborated those claims and documented the methods used to keep the Uighurs oppressed.

Maxar satellite imagery seen of a re-education internment camp in Hotan, Xinjiang, China.
Maxar satellite imagery seen of a re-education internment camp in Hotan, Xinjiang, China.
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“China’s policies and practices targeting Uyghurs in the region must be viewed in their totality, which amounts to an intent to destroy the Uyghurs as a group, in whole or in substantial part, as such,” it said.

“Uyghurs are suffering serious bodily and mental harm from systematic torture and cruel treatment, including rape, sexual abuse, exploitation, and public humiliation, at the hands of camp officials and Han cadres assigned to Uyghur homes under Government-mandated programs,” the report said.​

It went on to point out that detainees are subjected to “brutal torture methods” and undergo mass internment and government-sponsored programs “designed to indoctrinate and ‘wash clean’ brains.”​

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