Uighur Genocide in China
The Uighur people are members of a Turkic people in China, mainly populating the Western Xinjiang region. There are about 11 million of them and they are considered to be one of China’s 55 officially recognized minorities.
Since 2015, it has been estimated that over a million Uighurs have been detained in Xinjiang ‘re-education camps’. These are basically internment camps where Muslim Uighurs and other minorities are brainwashed and indoctrinated in Communist ideology. The world’s largest dictatorship has been accused of torturing and detaining members of the Muslim minority group and abusing them physically and sexually.
China denies any mistreatment of the minority population. They insist these camps are centres to tackle extremism and terrorism. Leaked documents however, show Uighurs are being detained for reasons such as having beards or wearing veils.
Drone footage recently released show shackled Uighur prisoners being herded onto trains. The Chinese regime has been accused of carrying out mass ethnic cleansing and forced sterilisation and abortions. Recent reports claim that Uighur women are being sterilised in an attempt to suppress the Uighur population from growing.
A BBC investigation has found that China was separating children from their families so that they grow up without learning Islam.
There is a deafening silence from Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan, who are giving preference to political alliances over speaking out against Chinese oppression. These countries use the rallying cry of Muslim solidarity when it suits them. This is an ongoing atrocity; China is attempting to erase Uighur culture and religion by carrying out genocide.
One of the greatest crimes of the century is being committed in front of our eyes. Please approach your MP to bring up this issue in Parliament and create awareness. We keep saying ‘never again’ but it is happening again and we are watching it.
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