Duncan Forrest

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Uyghur, Chinese communist party, genocide, internment, Xinjiang




The Uyghurs are a group of ethnic Muslims in China that have recently been invaded by an external government: the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The Uyghurs inhabit a resource-rich part of China that the CCP desires to control because of China's growing population and large-scale international projects. The stark religious differences between the CCP and Uyghurs have also fueled the conflict. Additionally, the CCP has claimed that the Uyghur people are separatists and terrorists, threatening the CCP. The unforthcoming nature of the CCP has made it difficult for outside observers to understand the extent of the human rights violations in this occupation. However, there is strong evidence that China committed genocide against the Uyghurs, including forced sterilizations, abortions, and executions. These acts of genocide are being committed primarily in an extensive network of internment camps, where China is holding 1-3 million Uyghurs against their will.1 The CCP is also actively seeking to erase the Uyghur culture and religion, both in the internment camps and in Uyghur cities. Nonprofit organizations like the Uyghur Human Rights Project are using grassroots lobbying to help pass legislation to end the genocide in China.