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    Uyghur rights body asks UN to declare atrocities on community as genocide

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    The Campaign for Uyghurs has released a report titled ‘Genocide in East Turkistan’ in which it has highlighted how the Chinese government has persecuted Uyghurs. The report said that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the Chinese government continues its oppression and persecution of Uyghurs.

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    NEW DELHI: The Campaign for Uyghurs, which works for the persecuted Uyghurs in China, has demanded that the United Nations should formally recognise treatment of the community by Beijing as genocide.

    The Campaign for Uyghurs has released a report titled ‘Genocide in East Turkistan’ in which it has highlighted how the Chinese government has persecuted Uyghurs.

    The report said that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the Chinese government continues its oppression and persecution of Uyghurs.

    “The Chinese government sent 1.1 million Han Chinese cadres to East Turkistan to control the daily life of Uyghurs. Their job is to stay in Uyghur homes, share the same bed with them if necessary and to control all aspects of their daily lives,” the report said.

    “With the ‘Double Relative Program’ initiated by the Beijing government, Han Chinese cadres make visits at least once every two months and stay for about a week. During the stay, while constantly spreading Chinese Communist Party propaganda, they also spy on them. During these visits, they encourage drinking of alcohol and eat pork, all of which are forbidden in Islam. If a Uyghur requests ‘halal meat’ from the market and if they do not drink, they are declared a suspect and sent to the camps,” the report further said.

    In order to disrupt the Uyghur family structure, the Beijing administration offers the Han Chinese money, jobs and free homes for arranged marriages, Campaign for Uyghurs stated.

    The report said that young girls and women are the worst sufferers among the Uyghurs. Campaign for Uyghurs Executive Director Rushan Abbas pointed out that this situation has led to government-sponsored mass rape.

    The report further stated that the Beijing has breached the “Prevention of Genocide” contract.

    “As such, the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, and the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Secretary, Chen Quanguo, and other executives are all responsible and accountable for these crimes,” the report said.

    It has recommended removing China from its participatory status on the UN Human Rights Council Panel and has requested the UN to demand immediate and unfiltered access to the entire region of East Turkistan.
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