As China mounts the Winter Olympics, CJ Werleman examines the weight of evidence that exists on Chinese Communist Party abuses in Xinjiang
Two years ago, an interlocutor speaking on behalf of a government official in Xinjiang said Signing time that Chinese President Xi Jinping issued a secret order in 2014 to kill a third of the Uyghur population, lock up a third, and indoctrinate the remaining third to Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ideology.
A trove of leaked CCP documents from 2014 also includes a speech by Xi Jinping to government officials in Xinjiang – a territory in northwest China – in which he urged them to use “organs of dictatorship” against the Uyghur minority and to show them “absolutely no mercy”, as reported speak New York Times two years ago.
In the years since, hundreds of Uighur concentration camp survivors have come forward to shed light on the horrors that were and continue to be inflicted on millions of inmates. They speak of torture, rape, starvation, forced sterilization, forced abortion, forced family separations, forced organ harvesting and murder.
Today, the newly published testimony of a well-respected Uyghur scholar, who survived detention and fled to Europe, sheds light on what human rights magazine bitter winter dubbed the “The Killing Fields of Xinjiang”.
The testimony is published in the book which has just come out China Log: CCP Annihilation Strategies in the World’s Largest Surveillance State, co-authored by Alexandra Cavelius, journalist and human rights activist, and Sayragul Sauytbay, a former Kazakh detainee who escaped from Xinjiang and told the world that “the CCP’s goal is to destroy everyone “in the concentration camps.
The authors do not disclose the identity of the scholar, writing that they agreed to speak “only after being persuaded by politically influential Uyghurs”, but “fear retaliation from the Chinese government…and fear that this will put their children’s lives in danger of death at home”. ”.
He and his wife were arrested in 2017 after returning from a trip to Turkey. Like tens of thousands of others, they have been accused of working as spies for a foreign government, a routine charge brought by China against thousands, if not hundreds of thousands.
“On October 2, 2017, three police officers broke into our villa around midnight. We were rich people and had a beautiful garden. A police officer shouted, “Where are you?
“They took my wife away separately. With our feet and hands cuffed like criminals, they interrogated both of us non-stop for days in different places. “Why were you in Turkey? Again and again I replied that my daughter got married there”.
Another year of repressionin Hong Kong
He was transferred to a concentration camp “hidden between high mountains” east of Xinjiang’s capital, Urumqi, which he estimates held more than 100,000 inmates, and found that a system of massacres had been put in place by the Chinese authorities. “The entire extermination network is well planned,” said the researcher.
“First, they divide everyone according to the seriousness of their crimes. If a prisoner was smart enough to say something like ‘No one is more powerful than the Chinese Communist Party’ during interrogation, he survived,” he said. “If, however, you were dumb enough to question their policies, like, ‘What did I do? I’m not breaking the law, you are! It is not fair!’ then you were killed right away”.
He said the group of prisoners identified for extermination were then told they were being sent back for a “medical check”, but instead were presumably given a lethal injection.
He said this routine took place every day, during which five or six inmates were called out of each cell to be interrogated and tortured. “Some of them were brought back after their interrogation. Sometimes only one returned, and sometimes none of them. We never heard from those who disappeared again,” he said.
Guards would fill the resulting vacant cells with new arrivals or inmates brought in from other cells, so the total number of inmates in each cell always remained the same. They did this, the scholar says, so no one could guess or say exactly how many Uyghur inmates had been killed.
There is nothing in the scholar’s testimony that is out of sync with the dozens of survivor testimonies given at the Uyghur court, an independent investigative team, made up of lawyers, academics and human rights activists, which recently concluded in December that China was guilty of committing genocide against the Uyghurs.
But while his testimony dovetails nicely with credible claims that Xi Jinping gave the order to kill a third of the Uyghur population, it does not constitute irrefutable proof that China has launched an extermination program similar to the ‘Holocaust.
However, the CCP regime willfully killed tens of millions of its own citizens in the 1950s and 1960s to maintain its grip on power while, more recently, it has gunned down thousands of pro-democracy protesters with machine guns and tanks in Tiananmen Square in 1989.
If the CCP is willing to unleash this kind of violence on the Chinese people, then only a fool would think that it is incapable of mass murdering a minority group that it considers not only foreign, but also occupying a rich resource. , strategically located territory.
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We also know that China has gone to extraordinary lengths to cover up its persecution of Uyghur Muslims, having harassed and banned foreign journalists, blocked efforts by the international community to grant access to independent investigators, and invested hundreds of millions dollars in disinformation campaigns.
For example, a recently published article investigation through News magazine discovered that a network of pro-China charities funneled $64 million to “anti-imperialist” and pro-Palestinian leftist organizations and bloggers to deny Uyghur genocide claims on behalf of the Chinese government.
While we know for sure that China has a lot to hide, based on testimonies from Uyghur concentration camp survivors and eyewitness accounts, we simply don’t know the extent of the horrors it is desperate to hide from the public. world – and that should terrify us all.
China Diary: The CCP’s Annihilation Strategies in the World’s Largest Surveillance State is available for buy now in german. The English translation should be published soon
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