Ten years after Urumqi massacre, Chinese human rights abuses has escalated to genocide, Campaign for Uyghurs says


Photo: Campaign For Uyghurs 

(Washington, D.C – July 4, 2019) 10 years after a massacre in Urumqi, Xinjiang, the Chinese government continues to undermine the rule of law and human dignity as three million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Uzbeks, and other groups await death in Chinese concentration camps, a press release from the Campaign for Uyghurs (CFU) says.

Dated July 4, the press release notes those sent to camps suffer from an abject lack of freedom as officials force prisoners to renounce Islam, indoctrinate them with communist propaganda, carry out torture, and brutally kill.

CFU commemorates the 10th anniversary of the July 5, 2009, Urumqi massacre in Xinjiang through the release. As peaceful protesters called for an investigation into the death of several Uyghurs at the hands of Han Chinese factory workers, Chinese officials shot at the Uyghurs and arrested many nearly 10 years ago.

According to CFU, the incident was an excuse for government officials to conduct police operations to abduct Uyghurs. Officials blocked internet access and mobile phone service throughout the region. Restored internet appeared in May 2010.

CFU writes the Chinese government “got away with such brutality and suppression in front of the entire world” a decade ago. Today, “massive systematic human rights abuses perpetrated by communist China has escalated to genocide.”

As China continues preparation to serve as the 2022 Winter Olympics host, CFU asks why “Communist China be rewarded with Olympic games while committing genocide against an ethnicity with racial motivations.”

According to CFU, the Olympics are an event where people come together to celebrate differences.

A nation that “has banned cultural identity and language, banned Islam, enforced policies that sexually repress it’s women with forced abortion and erects more than 44 concentration camps to jail an ethnic group does not respect these values,” the release says.

The CFU release comes just about a week after five rights groups expressed appreciation of participants in the Taiwan International Religious Freedom Forum, which issued a Declaration on the Persecution of the Uyghurs.

ChinaAid signed a letter in June calling on President Donald Trump to make “international religious freedom a top priority in all areas of American foreign policy with respect to China.”

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