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'Horrific barbarism': United Kingdom to ban Chinese imports linked to forced Uighur labour

UK To Bring New Rules To Stop Imports From China's Xinjiang British ministers are also looking to impose tougher export controls on goods and technology to China
Bennie Garza | 12 January, 2021, 23:57

Days after China was accused of forcing birth control measures on the Uighur women in the Xinjiang region, China has once again denied these allegations and has instead claimed the government has instead helped the minority women out of a patriarchal practice.

An Associated Press investigation in June found that the Chinese government was forcing draconian birth control measures on Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, including IUD fittings, contraceptives, and even abortions and sterilizations.

Twitter took down the Chinese Embassy's January 7 tweet following protests by groups that accuse Beijing of seeking to eradicate Uighur culture.

The statement on "baby-making machines" was also shared by the Chinese embassy in the United States on its Twitter handle.

The study and press releases from the Chinese government attributed the decrease in population growth to family planning programs and increased education, which religious extremism "incited people to resist", according to another press release from the embassy.

"They keep trying to get out of the accusations of genocide", said Adrian Zenz, senior fellow in China Studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

British supermarket chain Marks & Spencer (M&S) recently announced it will not use cotton from China's Xinjiang region in its apparel in response to the latter's alleged treatment of its Muslim Uighur minority.

The all-party committee's three-page statement called the Chinese detention facilities concentration camps and urged the government to not only condemn China's actions in Xinjiang, but recognize that they constitute genocide, and work with allies to help worldwide observers gain access.

"The China Daily article said: "[Uyghurs'] personal decisions on whether to use those measures - which include tubal ligation and the insertion of intrauterine devices - are fully respected".

Twitter has deleted a post from China's U.S. embassy which claimed Uighur women had had their minds "emancipated" by their policies in Xinjiang.

"The [Uighur] population grew from 10.2 million in 2010 to 12.7 million in 2018, an increase of more than 25 percent", the authors wrote.

Last fall, MPs on a parliamentary committee dominated by the governing Liberal Party said China had committed "genocide" against its Muslim Uyghur minority and called for Magnitsky-style sanctions against Chinese officials.

"In cranking out counter propaganda to my work, they keep digging a deeper hole", Zenz said Thursday.

The State Department would not confirm these reports, but a spokesperson said the department "is deeply concerned about the People's Republic of China's appalling campaign of repression in Xinjiang against Uyghurs and members of other predominantly Muslim minority groups".

Monday's news conference was the latest attempt by Beijing to deflect rising global criticism over its policies in Xinjiang, particularly over alleged forced labor and the detention of more than 1 million Uighurs, Kazakhs and others in prison-like centers for political indoctrination.

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