The Uyghur genocide is the ongoing series of human rights abuses perpetrated by the Chinese government against the “Uyghur” people and other ethnic and religious minorities in and around the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region(XUAR) of the People’s Republic of China. Since 2014, the Chinese government, under the direction of the Chinese Communist Party(CCP) during the administration of CCP general secretary Xi Jinping, has pursued policies leading to more than one million Muslims being held in secretive internment camps without any legal process in what has become the largest-scale detention of ethnic and religious minorities since the Holocaust.
In particular, critics have highlighted the concentration of Uyghur Muslims in state-sponsored internment camps, suppression of Uyghur religious practices, political indoctrination, severe ill-treatment, and testimonials of alleged human rights abuses including forced sterilization, contraception, and abortion. Birth rates have continued to plummet in Xinjiang alone when compared to the nationwide birth rate.
Historically, various Chinese dynasties have exerted control over parts of modern-day Xinjiang. The region came under modern Chinese rule as a result of the westward expansion of the Manchu-led Qing dynasty, which also saw the conquests of Tibet and Mongolia.
China had used the global “war on terror” of the 2000s to frame “separatists” and ethnic unrest as acts of Islamist terrorism to legitimize its counter-insurgency policies in Xinjiang.
Women in China’s “re-education” camps for Uighurs have been systemically raped, sexually abused, and tortured, according to detailed new accounts obtained by the BBC.
Here, we would like to bring Pakistan’s hypocrisy on this issue. If Pakistan is so worried about Muslims all over the world, why does not it raise the issue of Uyghur Muslims with China? Does that not prove that Pakistan is a hypocritical nation?
Today the world knows about what is happening in the Uyghur homeland. If the “Never Again!” pledge is to have any meaning, it should be a rallying cry to save Uyghur people.