China Has Violated the UN Genocide Convention in Its Treatment of Uighurs, New Report Claims

The Chinese government has violated every article of the United Nations (UN) Genocide Convention in its treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority in the region of Xinjiang, a new legal report revealed.

According to the landmark report published by a United States-based nonpartisan think tank, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) bears “the State responsibility for committing genocide against the Uyghurs” because the party has breached every act defined as genocide under the 1948 Genocide Convention, which was signed by 152 countries, including China, with the “intent to destroy” the Uighur community “in whole or in part.”

The five acts under the convention are: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group, deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; and forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

The Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy cited reports on mass deaths, systemic torture and inhumane treatment, forced labor schemes, extreme forms of psychological torture, and imposition of birth prevention measures on women of childbearing age, and the mass transfer if children to State-run orphanages, among others.

The report comes a few days after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi described the “so-called existence of genocide in Xinjiang” as “absurd.”

“It is a rumor fabricated with ulterior motives and a total lie,” Wang told reporters last March 8, adding that the accusations were attempts by “anti-China forces” to “undermine the security and stability of Xinjiang and hinder China’s development and growth.”

China has repeatedly denied the claims on the abuses it has committed against the Uighurs, despite emerging data and reports that have sparked international outrage.


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