An independent report published on March 9 found that the Chinese government’s alleged genocide against the Uyghur population in Xinjian violated every provision in the UN Genocide Convention. China has denied human rights violations and justified the detention centres as prevention against religious extremism and terrorism.
“The real question is, is there enough evidence to show that there is an intent to destroy the group as such — and this is what this report lays bare,” said Yonah Diamond, principal author of the report.
Up to 2 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities are believed to be detained in camps across the Xinjiang region, according to the US state department. Former detainees allege they were subjected to indoctrination, sexual abuse, and forced sterilization.
The Chinese government continues to deny the existence of the camps as well as the genocide. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi has said the allegations “couldn’t be more preposterous.” How can the state continue to make such denials when there seems to be overwhelming material evidence?