Yes, the Atrocities in Xinjiang Constitute a Genocide

Foreign Policy. 15 April 2021

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On his way out of office on Jan. 19, then-U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a determination that China “has committed genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang.” Nobody in the U.S. policy community seriously disputes that atrocities are occurring in Xinjiang—but some analysts have zoomed in on the term “genocide.” Sometimes it seems to be a way of trying to force policies back toward the failed engagement of the past rather than confronting what’s happening in China and rethinking policy accordingly.

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Former Xinjiang Internment Camp Detainee Honored With ‘Hero of the Year’ Award

RFA. 14 April 2021

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U.S.-based Justice for All has honored Uyghur former internment camp detainee Gulbahar Jelilova as one of four “Heroes of the Year” for her work drawing international attention to policies of mass incarceration in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

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Commons to vote on declaration of genocide in Xinjiang province

The Guardian. 14 April 2021

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The House of Commons is to be given a chance to vote to declare that a genocide is under way in Xinjiang province in China, in a move likely to damage Sino-British relations.

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China Smears Former Xinjiang Residents Who Testified About Abuses in the Region

RFA. 13 April 2021

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China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denounced more than a dozen former residents of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) who have testified about abuses in the region while living abroad as liars, criminals, terrorists, and persons of “bad morality,” including an RFA Uyghur Service reporter.

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Opinion: AI companies are enabling genocide in China

The Washington Post. 12 April 2021

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The Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of the Uyghur people will go down in history as one of the worst human rights tragedies of our time — not just for the abject horror of targeting a population of 11 million for genocide, but also for the advanced technologies that enabled it.

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There’s a good chance your cotton T-shirt was made with Uyghur slave labor

The Guardian. 9 April 2021

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In the era of conscious consumerism, it’s often the case that companies are quick to say the right thing, but slower to actually do the right thing. Yet for companies being asked to remove Uyghur forced labor from their supply chains, the opposite is true. Many of the world’s largest brands are willing to rearrange their operations in order to source products from areas that are not known – as the Uyghur region in western China is – for atrocious human rights violations, but far fewer are willing to do so publicly. As it turns out, “easier said than done” does not apply when facing the rebuke of the Chinese government.

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China researchers face abuse, sanctions as Beijing looks to silence critics

The Washington Post. 7 April 2021

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The Internet has become an unbearable place for Vicky Xiuzhong Xu, a 26-year-old analyst based in Australia. Over the past week, she was shocked to see her name trending on Chinese social media, with millions of views and thousands of negative comments.

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U.S. would consider boycott of 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing over China’s human rights abuses

Los Angeles Times. 6 April 2021

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The United States would consider a boycott of next year’s Olympic Games in China because of Beijing’s repression of minorities and other human rights abuses, the State Department said Tuesday.

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