Two workers wear face masks while manning a promotional stand for the Disney move ‘Mulan’ in an almost empty shopping mall in Beijing, Feb. 16, 2020.
Reported by Adile Ablet and Alim Seytoff for RFA’s Uyghur Service, and by Ng Yik-tung for the Cantonese Service. Translated by Alim Seytoff. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.
Disney’s decision to thank entities associated with the persecution of Uyghurs in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in the credits of its new film “Mulan” is an “unforgivable” example of corporate “kowtowing” to the Chinese state, critics said Tuesday.
Disney released its live-action version of the popular 1998 animated film about a young woman who pretends to be a man so that she can join the military on behalf of her sick father on its streaming platform Disney+ over the weekend.
In the credits of the long-awaited remake, the company thanks several entities known to have contributed to Beijing’s repressive rule in the XUAR, where authorities are believed to have held up to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in a vast network of internment camps since April 2017.
Factories of Turkic Muslim internment, part of China’s reeducation camp system, are subsidized and directed by the state, and employ many former detainees at a fraction of minimum wage. Companies, both Chinese and foreign, are taking advantage.
Pictured: According to a state-sponsored report, on August 15, 2017, 1,805 minority herders and farmers entered the new industrial park and “put on leather shoes” to become industrial workers.
On November 3, 2018, Erzhan Qurban, a middle-aged Kazakh man from a small village 50 kilometers from the city of Ghulja in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, was released from the camp where he had been held for nine months. He thought that perhaps now he would be free to return to his former life as an immigrant in Kazakhstan. Yet just a few days later, he was sent to work in a glove factory back in Ghulja city.
In this Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, people line up at the Artux City Vocational Skills Education Training Service Center at the Kunshan Industrial Park in Artux in western China’s Xinjiang region. Credit: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File
The Chinese Communist Party is “essentially waging a war against a portion of its own population (the Uyghur people), not as an ‘enemy,’ but as a ‘threat’ to society at large.”
If one asks Beijing why more than a million Uyghurs have been forced into “re-education” camps in Xinjiang, the answer would likely call attention to the alleged “terrorist” threat posed by Uyghurs and the need to purge the community of extremism. As Sean R. Roberts, an associate professor of the practice of international affairs and director of the International Development Studies Program at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, explores in his new book, China’s leaders have seized upon the language of the Global War on Terror to frame their policies in Xinjiang.
But “The War on the Uyghurs: China’s Internal Campaign against a Muslim Minority” goes deeper, examining the history of settler colonialism in Xinjiang, the shaping of a “terrorism” narrative around the Uyghurs, and the devastating consequences, which amount to nothing short of cultural genocide. In an interview with The Diplomat’s Catherine Putz, Roberts explains the “war” on Uyghurs, how China has packaged and implement its policies, and what it would take for the global community to change China’s calculus on its Xinjiang policy.
Demonstrators gather in front of Gare Centrale to protest human rights violations of China against Uyghur Turks, in Brussels, Belgium on July 26, 2020. (Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Calling out Beijing isn’t enough. The U.S needs to exact an economic cost for these brutal human rights violations.
Article by Arielle Del Turco, assistant director of the Center for Religious Liberty at Family Research Council.
A 13-ton shipment of hair weaves and other products was seized earlier this month by federal agents over allegations that the individuals making them were suffering human rights abuses. Authorities believe the products consist of human hair taken from detainees held in China’s now-infamous internment camps in Xinjiang. This is just the latest evidence that points to a growing forced labor problem in China—a trend that should concern American businesses, consumers, and politicians alike.
As a major trading partner of China, the United States is positioned to push Beijing to abandon its forced labor practices. A group of congressmen has put forth the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act to do exactly that, and Congress should seek to pass this measure as soon as possible.
Beijing’s abuses against the Uyghur Muslim minority have attracted international media attention since reports surfaced in 2017 that an estimated one to three million Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang are detained in internment camps. Survivors describe brainwashing, torture, and unhygienic living conditions. The American government recognizes that the camps are more than just party propaganda centers. They are a source of forced labor.
CFU’s Executive Director, Rushan Abbas giving a speech at a rally in front of the White House
Opinion article by Rushan Abbas for ANI
Washington [USA], July 28 (ANI): As China blatantly continues to commit crimes against the Uyghurs in the name of homogenisation, the global community has only now realized the way Beijing used the global war on terror post 9/11 attacks as a pretext to carry out the elimination of the ethnic clan.
The irony is not lost on the Uyghur community that the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and all Muslim-majority countries, in particular, are displaying absolutely no interest in the welfare of the Uyghur Muslims, as they are also victims of China’s massive campaign of lies. It is essential that Islamic countries, and our Muslim brothers and sisters, wake up and stand with us before they also become enslaved as our people are. Uyghurs today are a picture of what could be the future for them as China is waging war on Islam and announcing to the world that they are re-writing the Holy Qur’an.
The Campaign For Uyghurs compiled a report last week named “China’s Genocide in East Turkistan – referred to as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region by the Chinese government. This report lays out how each condition of genocide as defined by the United Nations is being met by the Chinese regime’s actions towards the Uyghurs. There must be greater recognition of the need to label these atrocities as what they are: Genocide.
An Uyghur woman and children sit on a motor-tricycle. (AP)
Today the world is ignoring more than 500,000 Uyghur children’s cases who are connected to one perpetrator, hiding in plain sight. And what is most frustrating is the silence from the world community.
Every parent’s worst nightmare. We hear the words connected to atrocities that stab our hearts when we read them in the headlines. To speak the words “disappeared child”, “missing child”, “hurt child”, “sick child”, “kidnapped child”… immediately a parent feels a hard pit of intense dread in their stomach, immediately imagining themselves in that unfortunate family’s shoes. And while we briefly bear a twinge of their pain, the parents of lost children carry a silent burden of trauma their entire lives. Perhaps the worst pain, many mothers who have lost children will attest, is the idea that the children they lose are forgotten.
And yet today the world is ignoring more than 500,000 Uyghur children’s cases who are connected to one perpetrator, hiding in plain sight. And what is most frustrating is the silence from the world community. Where are the child advocacy groups? Where are the leading voices for children? What happened to the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)? When China’s money is involved, most of Hollywood’s vocal stars, rights advocates, and the mainstream media are turning aside and selling their moral values and conscience for the temporary benefit that they receive from China and its market.
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Olsi Jazexhi, a historian, was invited by Chinese authorities in August last year to see what was happening with Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. He was shocked to see gross violation of human rights in the ‘re-education centres’ and became a global voice against Chinese oppression of Uighurs. Edited excerpts of an interview with Jazexhi:
You have visited these concentration camps in China. How did you manage to reach there?
I had a keen interest to know what is going on in Xinjiang with the Muslim community. For this reason, I contacted the Chinese Embassy in Tirana, Albania, in July 2019. I told our Chinese friends that I doubted the story that I was seeing in western media about the Uighurs and China’s treatment of Muslims. I told them that I wanted to prove the Western narrative about Xinjiang to be wrong. Our Chinese colleagues in Tirana liked my profile and invited me, like they have invited other journalists in the past to see the situation in Xinjiang.