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Genocide in China

Jacob Dean | Xinjiang, China

Uyghur men and women perform their anti-terror drills with state issued wooden clubs. Many clubs have squared corners instead of the round shape of a baseball bat seen here. Women are often seen performing their anti-terror drills in high heels and skirts. The elementary school on the right, where Uyghur children are forced to attend boarding school six days a week, is surrounded with double rows of heavy fencing topped with razor wire. The entrance is also heavily fortified. Barricades are a common sight now through all of Xinjiang.

Genocide in China

Hitler had his concentration camps, Stalin had his Gulags and now China has her re-education camps.

For the last two years China has been incarcerating its Muslim minorities in its volatile northwest province, Xinjiang, at an alarming rate. Uyghur are the majority people group that inhabit this far west region. Turkish in culture and decent, the Uyghur view China as a cultural and historical oppressor ever since it was taken over in 1949 along with Tibet. Fear of uprising, China employs political and cultural crackdowns at any sign of aggression.

Xinjiang, which means The New Territory, is now armed with the worlds most advanced military surveillance, including bio-metric data and facial recognition software, new prison facilities and crematoriums. After China declared war on terrorism within her borders, it appears no innocence Uyghurs are safe.

With no clear advantage to confronting a powerful China, the world has yet to seriously challenge this breach of human rights. If no action is taken, the Uyghur will face genocide in our time.

Jacob Dean specializes in covering how geopolitics are effecting marginalized peoples and cultures. Much of his work has taken place in East and Central Asia and the Middle East. 

Uyghur nationals, Personal Communication, 2017-2018

Liu Caiyu. “Xinjiang stability on the rise.” Global Times 2018/10/16

Xinjiang Political ‘Re-Education Camps’ Treat Uyghurs ‘Infected by Religious Extremism’: CCP Youth League, Radio Free Asia, August 8, 2018

Uyghurs are not descendants of Turks: Urumqi mayor, Gobal Times, August 26, 2018

Twelve Days in Xinjiang: How China’s Surveillance State Overwhelms Daily Life, Wall Street Journal, December 19, 2017

Mutallip Anwar Ph.D, Personal Communicatin, November 2017

Darren Byler Ph.D, Personal Communication, November 2017

Bill Clark Ph.D, Personal Communication, December 2017


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