According to Voices Against Autocracy, the Communist Party of China (CPC) has increased its persecution of the Uyghur in recent years, which includes restricting their freedom of speech, expression, religion, and movement.
According to several media sources, China’s persecution of Uyghurs is the most heinous act against humanity.
According to Voices Against Autocracy, the Chinese government has imprisoned over a million Uyghurs since 2017 in “re-education camps” and subjected those who have not been jailed to severe surveillance, religious restrictions, forced labor, and compulsory sterilisation.
Researchers in the West have called it “the largest incarceration of a minority group since the Holocaust”.
In the camps, “patterns of torture or other forms of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment” were reported by the UN Human Rights Office in a report published last year. Most people detained in the camps were never prosecuted and had no legal options to challenge their detention.
Chinese authorities have reportedly been keeping an eye on the phones of the Uyghur ethnic minority for the presence of 50,000 known multimedia files that were used to flag what China views as extremism, with the mere possession of the Quran resulting in a police interrogation, according to a recent Al Jazeera report (released on 4 May 2023) citing a Human Rights Watch (HRW) forensic investigation.
Notably, China also keeps using its tremendous influence to sway UN procedures and make sure that its allies refrain from openly admitting abuse of Uyghurs.
For only the second time in sixteen years, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) rejected a motion by the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom to hold a discussion on human rights violations in Xinjiang in October 2022 after the release of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) report, according to Voices Against Autocracy.
According to Michael Levitt’s article in the Toronto Star on Chinese crimes against Uyghur minority, there has been a little decline in global attention to the Uyghur people’s predicament.
He ends his argument by stating that one of the most horrific crimes against humanity is the subjugation of Uyghurs in China.
Human rights abuses in China and Iran have reportedly increased recently, according to the US State Department’s annual report on religious freedom worldwide.
According to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the situation in the majority of authoritarian countries is becoming worse. He added, “Governments continue to use a variety of tactics to target religious minorities across the globe, including torture, beatings, unauthorized monitoring, and so-called re-education camps.
Blinken brought up the mistreatment of the mostly Muslim Uyghur minority in China’s Xinjiang region, which one senior State Department official referred to as “one of the worst abusers of human rights and religious freedom in the world.”
In a growing campaign of repression against religious belief intended to put all theological activity under the Chinese Communist Party’s supervision, the report accused Beijing of imprisoning 10,000 or more persons or more in 2022.
The State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report includes a number of statistics, including one that the number of prisoners in the nation “ranges from the low thousands to over 10,000”.