What’s in the news?
- A UK-based tribunal has found that China has committed genocide against the Uyghur people in Xinjiang. The Uyghur Tribunal cited birth control and sterilization measures allegedly carried out by China against the Uyghurs.
- The Chinese state has been accused of crimes against humanity and genocide in Xinjiang, a large region in the country’s northwest which is home to the Uyghurs and other minority Muslim groups.
- Experts say that at least a million Uyghurs and other Muslims have been detained in the region and held in extra-judicial camps or sent to prisons. Former detainees and residents of Xinjiang have made allegations of torture, forced sterilization, and sexual abuse.
- The Chinese Government denies all accusations of human rights abuses in Xinjiang. Responding to the tribunal’s ruling, a spokesman said, the body is a pseudo-tribunal and a political tool used by a few anti-China elements to deceive and mislead the public.