Communist China’s Barbaric Torture of the Uighurs

China is forcibly sterilizing Uighur women and giving them unwanted abortions in a mission to purge the Muslim minority, report says

FILE PHOTO - A perimeter fence is constructed around what is officially known as a vocational skills education centre in Dabancheng in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
A perimeter fence around a detention camp in the Dabancheng district of, Xinjiang, China.
  • Chinese authorities are forcibly sterilizing Uighur Muslim women and performing abortions on them, an Associated Press investigation found.
  • Since 2016, at least 1 million Uighurs have been imprisoned at detention camps as part of Beijing’s moves to stamp out their culture and ethnicity.
  • The AP reported that Uighur women were regularly made to take pregnancy tests and forced into abortions if they test positive.
  • Women have also been forcibly fitted with intrauterine devices, or IUDs, to prevent pregnancy, and in some cases they have been sterilized, the AP said.
  • Citing interviews and data, the AP reported that the measures had affected “hundreds of thousands” of Uighur women.

New evidence has come to light exposing the draconian tactics Chinese authorities are using to persecute Uighur Muslims, including forced abortions, birth control, and sterilization.

An Associated Press report published on Monday cited interviews with 30 former prisoners, family members, and a former detention-camp instructor, as well as government statistics and state documents.

Since 2016, China has interned at least 1 million Uighurs in hundreds of prisons, which it euphemistically calls “reeducation centers” or “vocational training and education centers.” They are, in reality, concentration camps designed to brainwash Uighurs and force them to abandon their heritage and religion.

According to the AP, authorities at the camps and in Xinjiang, the Uighur heartland also known as East Turkestan, have been cracking down on the birth rate by:

  • Regularly subjecting women to pregnancy tests.
  • Forcing those who test positive to have abortions.
  • Forcibly fitting women with intrauterine devices, or IUDs, to prevent pregnancy.
  • Force-feeding Uighur women birth-control pills or injecting them with fluids — without saying what they are — to make them sterile.

Reports of forced abortions and sterilization have surfaced in the past, but the AP investigation indicates that the forced birth control is much more widespread than previously thought. The AP said the measures affected “hundreds of thousands” of Uighur women.

The AP also found that a major reason Uighurs were sent to camps was being deemed to have too many children.

The government ordered one Chinese-born Kazakh woman to get an IUD inserted after her third child, the AP said. She was later told to pay a $2,685 fine for having more than two children.

The AP said it spoke with 15 Uighurs and Kazakhs who said they knew people who had been interned or jailed for having too many children.

Human-rights activists outside the Chinese Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands, on March 5.
Pierre Crom/Getty Images

Additionally, the AP said, citing several former detainees, that “women are subjected to forced IUDs and what appear to be pregnancy prevention shots.”

“Many felt dizzy, tired or ill, and women stopped getting their periods,” the AP reported. “After being released and leaving China, some went to get medical check-ups and found they were sterile.”

From 2016 to 2018, the number of sterilizations rose sevenfold in Xinjiang, the AP said.

The birth rate in Xinjiang has plummeted in recent years, largely as a result of the crackdown: It fell by nearly 24% in 2019, the AP said.

Protesters rally in support of the Uighur people in Hong Kong in December.
REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

“The parents of three or more” are “ripped away from their families unless they can pay huge fines,” the AP said. “Police raid homes, terrifying parents as they search for hidden children.”

Beijing’s mission to erase Uighur culture

Beijing is on a mission to erase non-Han Chinese culture. As Business Insider’s Alexandra Ma previously reported, it “sees all Uighur people as terrorists” and often uses religious extremism as a reason to crack down on them.

The government has harnessed tech to monitor the population, including installing spyware on Uighurs’ phonesidentifying them via a file-sharing app, and installing hundreds of thousands of facial-recognition cameras across Xinjiang.

A Chinese government official scanning a QR code on the wall of a house in Xinjiang, giving him access to the residents’ personal information.
Xinjiang state radio via Human Rights Watch

At the camps, prisoners are forced to redecorate their homes to make them look traditionally Chinese and to sing propaganda songs to get food.

Prisoners are also subjected to medical experiments. China has been accused of harvesting the organs of some Uighurs. It has denied the claim.

Last week, the spotlight on China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims intensified after John Bolton, the former US national security adviser, wrote in his new tell-all book that President Donald Trump said Chinese President Xi Jinping “should go ahead with building the camps,” adding that Trump thought it “was exactly the right thing to do.”

Shortly after reports about Bolton’s book were published, Trump signed a bill to sanction China over its oppression of Uighurs.

This Eid And Beyond Boycott Goods Made With Enslaved Labor Of Uyghurs Even If It Is Your Favorite Brand

Bidding farewell to Ramadan, celebrating Eid?

Well, the Muslims of East Turkistan under Chinese occupation had neither Ramadan nor will they have Eid…

Not only that, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) run government has transferred Uyghurs and other ethnic minority1 citizens from East Turkestan to factories across the country. Under conditions that strongly suggest forced labour, Uyghurs are working in factories that are in the supply chains of at least 83 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing and automotive sectors, including Nike, Gap, Adidas, Ralph Lauren, Carters and others. Read Uyghurs for Sale for more information


Here is what you can do to help them:

Action Items

  1. Keep making dua for the oppressed of East Turkistan and the world.
  2. Boycott Chinese products! Do not be complicit in slave labour. Start with focusing on the companies in the graphic. Share it with #SewnWithtTears, #StopChina, #BoycottChina. Write to them and demand that they do better.
  3. Raise awareness on the plight of Uyghurs and the East Turkistani cause. Learn more at
  4. Work towards reducing your country’s economic dependence on China.
  5. Build alliances with all people of conscience to demand a cessation of China’s oppression of all faith groups, be it Muslim Uyghur, Hui; Chinese Christian; or Tibetan Buddhist.
  6. Encourage and promote fairer trade and commerce with Muslims and others rather than China.
  7. Inquire about Uyghur diaspora members in your area. Organize to help out orphans, widows, and students.
  8. Pressure governments to provide legal protection to Uyghur refugees-exiles by granting either citizenship or refugee/asylee status. Stop the “extradition/repatriation” of Uyghurs to China!
  9. Get your universities/endowments to divest from China. Raise awareness about Chinese espionage and hired guns in academia. Demand academic and financial support for Uyghur scholars and students. Request more academic attention and funds for Central Asian, Uyghur, Turkistani studies.

Read a greater discussion of action items in A Response to Habib Ali Al-Jifri’s Comments on the Uyghurs, which also contains a greater discussion on East Turkistan’s history and its current situation. A condensed Arabic version of the article can be found here.

Xinjiang: China bans Muslims from fasting in Ramadaan

Xinjiang: China bans Muslims from fasting in Ramadaan

China has banned civil servants, students and teachers in its mainly Muslim Xinjiang region from fasting during Ramadan and ordered restaurants to stay open.

Most Muslims are required to fast from dawn to dusk during the holy month, but China’s ruling Communist party is officially atheist and for years has restricted the practice in Xinjiang, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority.

“Food service workplaces will operate normal hours during Ramadan,” said a notice posted last week on the website of the state Food and Drug Administration in Xinjiang’s Jinghe county.

Officials in the region’s Bole county were told: “During Ramadan do not engage in fasting, vigils or other religious activities,” according to a local government website report of a meeting this week.

Each year, the authorities’ attempt to ban fasting among Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang receives widespread criticism from rights groups.

Uighur rights groups say China’s restrictions on Islam in Xinjiang have added to ethnic tensions in the region, where clashes have killed hundreds in recent years.

“China’s goal in prohibiting fasting is to forcibly move Uighurs away from their Muslim culture during Ramadan,” said Dilxat Rexit, a spokesman for the exiled World Uyghur Congress.

“Policies that prohibit religious fasting is a provocation and will only lead to instability and conflict.”

As in previous years, school children were included in directives limiting Ramadan fasting and other religious observances.

The education bureau of Tarbaghatay city, known as Tacheng in Chinese, this month ordered schools to communicate to students that “during Ramadan, ethnic minority students do not fast, do not enter mosques … and do not attend religious activities”.

Similar orders were posted on the websites of other Xinjiang education bureaus and schools.

Officials in the region’s Qiemo county this week met local religious leaders to inform them there would be increased inspections during Ramadan in order to “maintain social stability”, the county’s official website said.

Ahead of the holy month, one village in Yili, near the border with Kazakhstan, said mosques must check the identification cards of anyone who comes to pray during Ramadan, according to a notice on the government’s website.

The Bole county government said that Mehmet Talip, a 90-year-old Uighur Communist Party member, had promised to avoid fasting and vowed to “not enter a mosque in order to consciously resist religious and superstitious ideas”.