According to research published on Monday, Chinese authorities are performing forced sterilization of women, apparently to curb the growth of minority populations in western Xinjiang.
The report is based on official regional data, policy documents, and interviews with minority women, prompting an international group of legislators to call on the United Nations to investigate China’s policies in the region.
The move may anger Beijing, which denies trampling on the rights of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang and said on Monday that the allegations were “unfounded.”
The country is accused of locking more than one million Uighurs and other ethnic minorities mainly Muslims in correctional camps. Beijing described these facilities as vocational training centers with the goal of keeping people away from terrorism after a series of violent attacks by separatists.
Report Adrian ZenzA German researcher who exposed China’s policy in Xinjiang said Uighur women and other ethnic minorities were being threatened with detention in camps because they refused to refuse pregnancy that exceeded their birth quota.
Zenz’s data-driven work at the camp-using public documents collected from the Chinese Internet-was previously cited by experts from a panel of experts at the United Nations investigation facility.
The report says that women with fewer than the legal limit of two children involuntarily installed intrauterine contraceptives.
It also reported that some of the women said they were forced to undergo sterilization.
Former refugee camp detainees said they received injections to terminate their menstrual period or cause abnormal bleeding, which is consistent with the effect of birth control drugs.
Government documents studied by Zenz also show that women in some rural minority communities in the region often receive mandatory gynecological examinations from local health officials and pregnancy checks every two months.
Zenz found that between 2017 and 2018, the officially recorded sterilization rate in the region greatly exceeded the national rate. One year later, the population growth rate of Xinjiang counties, where ethnic minorities are concentrated, is lower than that of the Han majority. The average growth rate of the county.
Uighur activists say China is using detention camps to carry out large-scale brainwashing activities to eliminate their unique cultural and Islamic identity.
Zeng said in the report: “These findings make people seriously concerned about whether Beijing’s policy in Xinjiang is fundamentally representative of a genocide demographic movement.”
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPAC) of North American, European and Australian parliamentarians, composed of a series of political parties, said in a statement on Monday that it would promote a legal investigation into “whether it was a crime” or whether a crime against humanity or genocide has occurred in Xinjiang event.
IPAC was established in June with a clear mission to resist “the challenges of the People’s Republic of China’s current behavior and future ambitions.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China stated that these allegations were “unfounded” and showed “ultimate ulterior motives”.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian criticized the media for “failing false information about the Xinjiang issue” and said in a routine press conference that Xinjiang is “harmonious and stable.”
The human rights organization World Uyghur Congress said that the report [Chinese Communist party] Policy” and called for international action against China.