According to the latest report, Beijing is committing “multiple crimes against humanity” against the Uyghur community.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has released a report detailing the increasing government crackdown on Uyghur Muslims in China’s western Xinjiang region.
The report released Tuesday “expresses the museum’s grave concern that the Chinese government may be committing genocide” against the Uyghurs, the organization’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide said in a statement.
The abuses described in the report, the most recent in a long-standing denunciation of Beijing’s policy towards Uyghurs, include allegations of forced sterilization, sexual assault, slavery, torture and forced transfer.
The findings served as an update to the organization’s earlier report. It said there is now “reasonable basis” to believe that previously alleged crimes against humanity are on the rise amid a campaign by Chinese officials to hide its seriousness in response to international condemnation.
The report, citing witness statements, publicly available information from dissidents and accounts of human rights groups, said that “information has recently emerged indicating that the Chinese government’s behavior has escalated beyond a policy of forced assimilation.”
In particular, this includes an increasing assault on the female reproductive capacity of Uyghur through forced sterilization and forced IUD placement, as well as the separation of the sexes through mass detention and forced transfer. spelling. for Uyghurs.
Tom Bernstein, the chairman of the museum’s commission of conscience, told The Associated Press: “The Chinese government has done its best to keep out information about crimes against the Uyghurs.”
He called on Beijing to “stop the attacks on the Uyghur people and allow independent international monitors to investigate and ensure that the crimes are stopped.”
Call for access
Beijing has repeatedly dismissed allegations of human rights abuses, forced detention and other atrocities in the region, saying its policies are necessary to “combat extremism” and promote upward economic mobility for Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities.
The US and several other governments, meanwhile, have said that China’s actions against Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang amount to genocide.
In October, 43 countries again called on China to allow independent observers “immediate, meaningful and unimpeded access” to Xinjiang.
That came after the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, told the UN Human Rights Council in September that China had again rejected requests to enter the region.
In response to the countries’ appeal, China’s ambassador to the UN, Zhang Jun, accused critics of spreading “baseless accusations” and baseless “lies”.
He further accused the US and other Western countries of “using human rights as a pretext for political maneuvering to provoke a confrontation”.