On China Insider, a look at the thousands of photos of Uyghur detainees—the youngest just 15 years old to as old as 73—from the Xinjiang police files, which also contain images of police drills and internal documents—and a shoot-to-kill order for anyone who attempts to escape. We speak with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation President Andrew Bremberg about his organization obtaining these shocking documents and photos. I also speak with the prime minister of the East Turkistan Government in Exile, Salih Hudayar, about his reactions to the photos.
Canada has become the second country in the world to describe China’s treatment of its Uighur minority as a genocide, following a contentious parliamentary vote which is likely to further raise diplomatic tensions between the two nations.
Lawmakers approved the non-binding motion, brought forward by opposition Conservatives, to recognize China’s actions in the north-western Xinjiang province as a genocide against Muslim Uighurs.
Prime minister Justin Trudeau and senior members of cabinet did not attend the vote on Monday. All other Liberal members present voted in favour of the motion, except the foreign affairs minister, Marc Garneau, who abstained on behalf of the government.
“The situation is much, much worse than what is being reported. The Uyghur people have disappeared. Death is everywhere right now.”
These are the words of Dr Erkin Sidick, a Uyghur American who is the President of the Uyghur Projects Foundation and senior advisor to the World Uyghur Congress.
He claims that the total number of Uyghur detainees in camps in China and those presumed dead now exceeds the total number of Jews detained and killed during the Holocaust – an allegation that dwarfs previous reports on China’s ‘demographic genocide’ in Xinjiang, or what was once East Turkestan.
Japanese clothing and lifestyle brand Muji says it has stopped exporting cotton sourced in Xinjiang to the United States, but rights groups say the company has done little to remove Xinjiang cotton — which has been linked forced labor by mostly ethnic Uyghur detainees who have committed no crime — from its supply chain.
The company said in comments e-mailed to RFA that since the outgoing Trump administration had banned imports of cotton and tomato products from Xinjiang last month, it had stopped exporting items made with Xinjiang cotton there “to comply with U.S. laws and regulations.”
The ban, which came after reports emerged that the mass incarceration camps in Xinjiang were increasingly linked to lucrative production processes using forced labor….