The non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch published a plea to leaders of African countries Monday to stop supporting China’s attempts to avoid accountability for the ongoing genocide of Uyghur and other Turkic Muslims populations in Xinjiang.
The Chinese Communist Party faces a litany of accusations — based on extensive research, eyewitness testimonies, surveillance footage, and other hard evidence — of crimes that amount to genocide against minority ethnic populations in Xinjiang, its westernmost and largest province. Among the most horrific realities is the construction of hundreds of concentration camps believed to house as many as 3 million people at their peak. Survivors of the camps have testified to indoctrination, beatings, forced sterilization, “nightly” gang rape, and medical practices consistent with live organ harvesting. A study by international experts published this month concluded China is guilty of every element in the international legal definition of genocide.
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