Far western Xinjiang region of China has become a dystopian hellscape for the Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities where they face state-organized and systematic torture as well as mass internment amounting to crimes against humanity, said Amnesty International in a report. The published report by Amnesty also called the UN to investigate China’s Kazakhs, Uyghurs, and other Muslim minorities to mass detention and surveillance.
The secretary-general of Amnesty International, Agnès Callamard, accused Chinese authorities of making a dystopian hellscape on a lurching scale. It will astound the conscience of humanity that such great numbers of people are subjected to brainwashing, degrading treatment in internment camps, and torture. She further added that millions of people still live in fear, surrounded by a vast surveillance apparatus. Her statements also accused António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General that he failed to act as per his mandate and not calling for an international investigation. It is his responsibility to safeguard the values upon which the UN has been founded and not to remain silent in front of the growing crimes against humanity, said Ms. Callamard.
In a 160-page report on the basis of interviews with 55 former detainees, the organization said there is evidence about the Chinese state committing crimes against humanity, deprivation of physical liberty in violating the international law’s fundamental rules, imprisonment, torture, and persecution. Even the findings of Human Rights Watch concluded the same and believed that the Chinese government is causing several crimes against humanity. The nation China has been accused by certain Western countries too for pursuing genocide against Xinjiang’s Turkic ethnic groups. Even though there is still a dispute over the actions of the state constitute genocide.
Above all of this, China is continuously denying all the accusations of human rights abuses happening in Xinjiang.
Harsher Violence and Intimidation
Several experts agree on the topic that China has detained nearly a million Uyghurs and many other Muslims and jailed hundreds of thousands in its crackdown in Xinjiang, which started in 2017. Many reports also say about the physical as well as psychological torture people are facing inside prisons and in detention camps in Xinjiang. The torture included beatings, electric shocks, sleep deprivation, and many more. China has been accused of utilizing forced sterilization, population transfer, abortion, and targeting religious leaders to break all traditions. In response, China denies those accusations saying that the camps are voluntary vocational and de-radicalization programmes to combat terrorism in the region.