The Government and the Uyghur

By John Kim

Published Date: 2021 / 06 / 07

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A considerable number of months and years have passed since the Chinese Government’s alleged oppression of the Uyghur people in Xinjiang was disclosed by contemporary media corporations. Although the Government of China has continued to express that the allegations are untrue, claiming that the government has merely been combatting separatist movements and Islamic militancy, a series of photographic and verbal pieces of evidence revealing the government’s genocidal actions have surfaced concurrently. Understanding the serious threat that the Government of China imposes not only on the Uyghur people but also on the modern notion of human rights, this article explores the Chinese Government’s exploitation of the Uyghur people.


Ever since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) took control of China in the 1940s, the northwestern region of the country, called Xinjiang, has been claimed by the Chinese Government. The Uyghur people have consistently expressed their discontent with the Chinese occupation of Xinjiang, referring to the land as East Turkestan and demanding autonomy, but the Government of China merely acknowledged the region as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), granting only a veneer of autonomy but never the genuine independence.


While some eleven to twelve million Uyghur people dwell in XUAR today, the government continues to employ repressive measures, depriving the people of their rudimentary human rights. One particular measure that the Government of China has employed as a part of this genocidal conduct was the coerced mass sterilization of Uyghur women. A report published in the previous year (2020) by Chinese scholar Adrian Zenz revealed that the Chinese government has been attempting to control the population of the Uyghur people by forcing the Uyghur women to receive sterilization surgeries and be fitted with intra-uterine devices (IUD). Such operations are undoubtedly the most pronounced forms of human rights violation and therefore must be severely condemned. The Chinese government continues to claim that the allegation is untrue, but the international community, led by the United Nations (UN), criticizes its actions.


It is also suspected that the Chinese government has been operating concentration camps in XUAR under the name “reeducation centers.” This suspicion, however, is backed by solid photographic evidence from satellite images that revealed the growing number of detention camps in the region; by 2020, around 380 concentration camps were identified in the Xinjiang province. According to experts and government officials, some eight hundred thousand to two million people have been detained in such facilities since April 2017, including not only Uyghurs but also ethnic Kazakhs and Uzbeks. The majority of these people are not even charged with proper crimes, nor are their alleged crimes backed by legal evidence.


The policies that the Government of China has employed over the recent few years toward the Uyghur people of contemporary XUAR are undeniably despicable and highly malicious in their character; they deprive the Uyghurs of their rudimentary human rights. The nature of such actions resembles those of the worst scenarios in human history, including Nazi Germany’s systematic oppression, detainment, and massacre of the Jewish people in the 1930s to ‘40s, or the Holocaust. Human atrocities of this kind must never be repeated. For the security of human sanity, the Government of China would immediately have to stop its current oppression of the Uyghur people.

Works Cited
Works Cited:
“China's Repression of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.” Council on Foreign Relations, Council on Foreign Relations, www.cfr.org/backgrounder/chinas-repression-uyghurs-xinjiang.
“Who Are the Uighurs and Why Is China Being Accused of Genocide?” BBC News, BBC, 26 Mar. 2021, www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-22278037.
“China Forcing Birth Control on Uighurs to Suppress Population, Report Says.” BBC News, BBC, 29 June 2020, www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-53220713.

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