Pompeo calls report of compelled sterilisation of Uighurs ‘surprising’


United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday labelled as “shocking and disturbing” experiences that China’s ruling Communist Party is utilizing compelled sterilisation, compelled abortion and coercive household planning towards minority Muslims.

Pompeo highlighted a report concerning the scenario in China’s Xinjiang area by German researcher Adrian Zenz printed by the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation think-tank.

Pompeo, a persistent critic of China, together with its remedy of Muslims in Xinjiang, stated in an announcement that the findings had been in line with a long time of Chinese Communist Party practices “that demonstrate an utter disregard for the sanctity of human life and basic human dignity”.

“We call on the Chinese Communist Party to immediately end these horrific practices and ask all nations to join the United States in demanding an end to these dehumanizing abuses.”

Uighurs, Xinjiang

An ethnic Uighur lady carrying her child walks out of a restaurant in Urumqi metropolis, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Province, China. China is accused of utilizing compelled sterilisation and compelled abortions towards minority Muslims within the area [File: How Hwee Young/EPA]

In his report, Zenz stated his findings represented the strongest proof but that Beijing’s insurance policies in Xinjiang met one of many genocide standards cited within the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, particularly “imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group”.

Zenz stated evaluation of Chinese authorities paperwork confirmed pure inhabitants progress in Xinjiang had fallen “dramatically”. He stated that, in its two largest Uighur Muslim prefectures, progress charges fell by 84 % between 2015 and 2018 and additional in 2019.

The Chinese embassy in Washington referred to an announcement by Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, saying that “some institutions are bent on cooking up disinformation on Xinjiang-related issues … Their allegations are simply groundless and false.”

Documents from 2019 revealed plans for a marketing campaign of mass feminine sterilisation concentrating on 14 % and 34 % of all married ladies of childbearing age in two Uighur counties, Zenz wrote. The marketing campaign, he stated, possible aimed to sterilise rural minority ladies with three or extra youngsters, in addition to some with two youngsters – equal to at the very least 20 % of all ladies of childbearing age.

“Budget figures indicate that this project had sufficient funding for performing hundreds of thousands of tubal ligation sterilization procedures in 2019 and 2020,” he wrote.

Zenz stated that, by 2019, Xinjiang deliberate to topic at the very least 80 % of girls of childbearing age in its 4 southern minority prefectures to intrusive start prevention surgical procedures – placement of intrauterine units or sterilisations.

He stated in 2018, 80 % of all new IUD placements in China had been carried out in Xinjiang, whereas just one.eight % of the inhabitants lives there.

SOURCE: Reuters information company