China Breached 1948 Genocide Convention in Uyghur Treatment, Independent Report Says
An independent report released this month revealed that China breached the 1948 Genocide Convention in relation to their detention of the Uyghurs.
According to the report, “China’s policies and practices targeting Uyghurs in the region must be viewed in their totality, which amounts to an intent to destroy the Uyghurs as a group, in whole or in part.”
The report said that Uyghurs are “systematically tortured, subjected to sexual violence, including rape, and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment or punishment, deprived of their basic human needs, and severely humiliated.”
The report also said they are “severely humiliated and subjected to inhumane treatment or punishment, including solitary confinement without food for prolonged periods.”
The report was done by “the Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy, in cooperation with the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, in response to emerging accounts of serious and systematic atrocities in Xinjiang province, particularly directed against the Uyghurs, an ethnic minority, to ascertain whether the People’s Republic of China is in breach of the Genocide Convention under international law.”
The report also claimed that China had “intent to destroy” the Uyghur population.
“China has simultaneously pursued a dual systematic strategy of forcibly sterilizing Uyghur women of childbearing age and interning Uyghur men of child-bearing years, preventing the regenerative capacity of the group and evincing an intent to biologically destroy the group as such.”
China previously defended these allegations. The Chinese Embassy in the U.S. posted a tweet linking a report published by the Xinjiang Development Research Center that attributed “decreases in the birthrate and natural population growth rate in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region in 2018” to the “eradication of religious extremism.”
In recent years, China received criticism for the internment of Uyghurs. The New York Times released parts of “more than 400 pages of internal documents” regarding the Uyghur internment camps.
He said that the U.S. will continue to “reassert [its] role as spokespersons for human rights at the U.N. and other agencies” and that there “will be repercussions for China” but never specified what those repercussions would be.
Biden also said it is important for leaders to abide by the cultural values and norms of their nation.
“I point out to him, no American president can be sustained as a president if he doesn’t reflect the values of the United States…I’m not going to speak out against what he’s doing in Hong Kong, what he’s doing with the Uyghurs in western mountains of China, and Taiwan trying to end the one China policy by making it forceful…he gets it. Culturally there are different norms to each country, and their leaders are expected to follow.”