There have been rumors for years that China was oppressing its Muslim minorities, the Uighurs. Since 2017 there were reports that the Uighurs had been moved into detention camps in China’s western Xinjiang Province and put through harsh “de-education” programs under the guise that they were potential terrorists.
In fact, Clarion Project has been covering their plight since 2013.
As information surfaced, we found out that the Uighurs were being starved, tortured, raped, mocked and subjected to “ideological brainwashing” in these camps.
A series of leaked Communist Party of China (CCP) documents (called The China Cables) confirmed plans for chains of these internment camps to detain China’s Muslims, giving detailed instructions on how to run the camps.
China has furiously denied these reports, which were uncovered by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and shared with The Guardian, the BBC and other media outlets.
Maajid Nawaz, founder of The Quilliam Foundation in the UK, who has been watching this horror unfold, recently decided to take action. He went on a hunger strike and meditative silence on July 14, until a petition to raise awareness about the Uighurs topped 100,000 signatures. (The petition reached that number a short while ago.)
One of his goals was to get the British parliament to debate imposing the “Maginsky Act,” which sanctions individuals responsible for gross human rights violations.
Nawaz has been relentless in his pursuit for justice for the Uighurs and calls upon every activist to do the same. You can go to his Twitter feed where you will find articles and videos where the facts speak for themselves.
He urges everyone to speak up and not allow a genocide to happen again.
Terror victims I’ve been there for you
Atheists I’ve been there for you
Free speechers I’ve been there for you
Ex-Muslims I’ve been there for you
Feminists I’ve been there for you
All aggrieved I’ve been there for you all
You all saw that
Don’t let Muslims be genocided again https://t.co/pmhyRGS72x
— أبو عمّار (@MaajidNawaz) July 17, 2020
Explaining the horror that is unfolding with forced indoctrination and organ harvesting Maajid also writes
“The organs of members of marginalized groups detained in Chinese prison camps are being forcefully harvested — sometimes when patients are still alive… killed for their organs to serve a booming transplant trade that is worth some $1 billion a year”https://t.co/drI8DMWWlQ
— أبو عمّار (@MaajidNawaz) July 13, 2020
These reports are verified by The China Tribunal, a nongovernmental organization headquartered in London.
In America, Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI), the GOP’s ranking member on Oversight’s Subcommittee on National Security, appealed for an immediate hearing on the CCP’s “genocide” in China.
“We are particularly disturbed by recent evidence — coming from data taken from the CCP’s own documents that the CCP is conducting mass forced sterilizations of women, forced abortions, and utilizing mandatory invasive birth control measures to reduce family size among the Uyghur people.
“Those who resist or violate these forced abortion and birth control policies may be placed in internment camps, which already hold over a million ethnic Uyghurs.
“The CCP was already systematically working to exterminate the presence of Uyghur culture and religion, including by incarcerating over a million people, but now they are even trying to eliminate Uyghur families and suppress births. This is genocide and it demands immediate action.”
The Trump administration has announced sanctions against the CCP while the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom called on the State Department to investigate whether China’s reported campaign of forced birth control and abortion against the Uighur population constitutes genocide.
In Canada, the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (SDIR) is holding hearings on “Human rights situation of the Uyghurs” July 20 and 21. There will also be a rally called “Toronto Stands Against Chinese communist regime” today, July 19 at 6 pm in front of the Chinese consulate.
There has been deafening silence from the OIC (Organization of Islamic Coooperation) and other Muslim leaders on this issue. There has also been silence from many Western leaders.
How have human rights become so selective?
The following is an infographic about the camps in China that Clarion Project put together in 2018 based on the information we knew at the time. We are assuming the treatment has gotten worse, based on the information coming out of China since then:
SEE MORE OF CLARION’S COVERAGE OF THE UIGHUR CONCENTRATION CAMPS IN CHINA