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June 12, 2021
According to a report by a non-partisan US-based think tank, the Chinese government has breached every article of the UN genocide convention in its treatment of the Uighurs. The report states that China bears responsibility for committing genocide.
The 25,000-page report is one of the first independent and non-government legal examinations of China and their treatment of the Uighur population. This report comes after growing international outrage against China. The Chinese government has denied the allegations despite a growing body of evidence. Reports on the Uighurs have led to diplomatic and economic isolation. The Trump administration had described the treatment of Uighurs as genocide just before exiting office. In Beijing on Monday, China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, told reporters that claims of genocide in Xinjiang “could not be more preposterous.” “It is a rumor fabricated with ulterior motives and a total lie,” Wang said.
Under UN convention, a finding of genocide can be made if a party violates any one of five defined acts. 152 countries signed this agreement, including China. The five acts of genocide 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.
As evidence, the report cited reports of mass deaths, selective death sentences, and long-term imprisonment of elders, systemic torture and cruel treatment including sexual abuse and torture, interrogations and indoctrination, the targeted detention of Uighur community leaders and people of childbearing age, forced sterilization, family separation, mass labor transfer schemes, and the transfer of Uighur children to state-run orphanages and boarding schools. This report comes as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is set for its most important political annual meeting. China’s premier, Li Keqiang, is set to take questions on Thursday. It is highly unlikely that they will answer to the Uighur genocide as all questions are vetted ahead of time.
ARTICLE: DUSTIN RODGERS
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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