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Chinese attacks on Uyghur Muslims escalate, US report says

Washington: A US report released Tuesday (local time) said Chinese attacks on Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang had escalated and most likely included “forced sterilization, sexual assault, slavery, torture and forced transfer.”

Writing in The New York Times (NYT), Jesus Jimenez said the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s report entitled “To Make Us Slowly Disappear: The Chinese Government’s Assault on the Uyghurs” builds on a March 2020 announcement by the museum that it was there. a “reasonable basis” to believe that the Chinese government had committed “the crimes against humanity of persecution and imprisonment” against the Uyghurs.

In a statement, Tom Bernstein, chairman of the museum’s commission of conscience, called on the Chinese government to stop the crimes against the Uyghurs and allow independent international observers to investigate.

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“The Chinese government has done its best to prevent information about crimes against the Uyghurs from seeing the light of day,” Bernstein said, adding: “The information that has come out so far, including documentation from courageous Uyghur activists, is been devastating.”

In a statement, Naomi Kikoler, director of the museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for Genocide Prevention, said the “Chinese government attack on the Uyghur community” described in the report was “alarming in scope and severity.” .

“The damage inflicted on Uyghur individuals, families and their communities has left deep physical and emotional scars,” Kikoler said, adding: “The trauma of these atrocities will hurt generations of Uyghurs.”
The report called on the Chinese government to “immediately end the perpetration of mass atrocities,” and lists specific next steps, such as ending forced sterilization and forced abortion.

But the Chinese government, which has denied such crimes over the years, is unlikely to be impressed by the report or act on its demands, Jimenez wrote.

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report. But the Chinese government had recently spoken out against such claims on Oct. 21, when more than 40 countries, including the United States, criticized China’s oppression of the Uyghurs at a United Nations meeting, NYT reported.

China’s UN ambassador, Zhang Jun, responded by saying the countries had made “baseless accusations against China”.

The museum admits in its report that “it would be naive to expect the Chinese government to change course so drastically without a concerted international effort.”

“After publicly declaring that China is committing genocide and crimes against humanity, the United States and like-minded governments must be at the center of efforts to pressure China to end its atrocities against the Uyghurs” , the report said.

Ned Price, a spokesman for the State Department, shared the museum’s report on Twitter on Tuesday, saying it “renewed our call on the People’s Republic of China to end its crimes against Uyghurs and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang.” . ”

The Uyghurs have long expressed resentment over China’s control over the Xinjiang region, saying they have been discriminated against, while a million or more people have been held in internment camps for a number of acts, including religious practices and violating birth controls.

Under the Biden administration, in an annual report on human rights practices released in March, the United States condemned the Chinese government for what Secretary of State Antony Blinken said was “genocide against Uyghurs” and crimes such as “imprisonment, torture, forced sterilization and persecution.”