This year has definitely been one of the most chaos induced year most of us have ever lived. Every day you wake up, it seems like there is another bad news that makes it to the headlines. There is so many horrible things happening not just in our country, but around the globe that makes it difficult for us to keep track of everything going on, and it’s not our fault really if we don’t see information about a certain issue, because there are some things that blow up and get a lot of traction and some that don’t.
However, have you noticed that besides the issues happening in our own country, why do we only find out about the crimes happening in first world countries like the United states or the United Kingdom, so what happens to all the atrocities occurring in other second and third world countries, why are they not given the same attention as the others? Is it because people really don’t care?
The agenda for this article is to shed some light about what is happening in China specifically with the Uighur Muslims in the country.
The Uighurs are a Turkish speaking ethnic minority originating from Central and East Asia. The Uighurs are recognized as native to the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in Northwest China. They are considered to be one of China’s 55 officially recognized ethnic minorities. The Uighurs are recognized by the Chinese government only as a regional minority within a multicultural nation. The Chinese government rejects the notion of the Uighurs being an indigenous group. Ever since the 10th century the Uighurs have started to adapt Islam and by the 16th century majority of the Uighurs identified as Muslims. Islam has been a very important part of their culture.
Now let’s see what is exactly happening to them in their own country. Ever since 2017, at least 3 million Uighur Muslims in China have been trapped in concentration camps in Xinjiang which is an autonomous region in North Western China. There are more than 85 identified camps.
The Uighurs have been getting targeted as China believes that they hold extremist views which makes them dangerous to their national security. There is nothing new about this point of view, Islamophobic views like this that claim all Muslims to be murderous terrorists exists all around the globe.
These camps are also known as reeducation camps, they are specifically designed to forcefully strip the people of their religious beliefs and transfer their loyalty to the state. This happens after extensive use of torture and brainwashing.
In these camps, Muslims are forced to eat pork and drink alcohol, both actions being taboo in the religion. Then they have to denounce themselves as Muslims. The prisoners are also made to take pills and get injections that have been never tried before, making them human subjects of medical experimentation. A lot of times, people’s organs are also being harvested without their will. China held a record on the most amount of successful organ harvests, but not many are aware it is only possible because of these illegal practices.
The torture in the camps is extreme, but that is not all that is happening to the Muslims there, the ones that haven’t been put into the camps are also facing horrible conditions. Every Muslim is required to download an app that monitors their activity and this way the government can keep a check on them. Women are not allowed to wear a hijab unless they are over the age of 45. People even passing by near the mosques will be punished for doing so. No one is allowed to speak any foreign language. Halal food isn’t available anywhere. Every household compulsorily needs to have alcohol and pork in it.
The Chinese forces invite themselves into over 1 million homes as ‘guests’, to keep a check and monitor them. The children whose parents have been sent to the camps are sent to orphanages and wives whose husbands have been sent to the camps are forcefully marries off to other Chinese men.
The government has also been forcing Uighur women to take birth controls as they want to curb their Muslim population. According to reports, women are on a regular basis subjected to pregnancy checks and force intrauterine devices into them, sterilize them and also perform hundreds and thousands of abortions.
One does not need to be a part of the Muslim community, to recognize that this is such a huge violation on basic human rights. So please educate yourself and people around you and take active part to spread awareness about this situation.