Saturday , 4 December 2021

IRF ROUNDTABLE: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Report on the Uyghurs

Shabtabnews –  The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) released a report earlier this month regarding the ongoing situation in China facing the Uyghur population. The 60 page report is titled, “To Make Us Slowly Disappear”: The Chinese Government’s Assault on the Uyghurs. The report discusses the background of discrimination Uyghurs have faced in the past, what is currently happening to them, policy changes that should occur, and a path forward.

The report also outlines the USHMM’s grave concerns that genocide may be occuring and that crimes against humanity are. The Chinese government is failing in its legal obligation to prevent these crimes. The seriousness of the assault on the Uyghur population demands the immediate response of the international community to protect the victims.

Important information highlighted in the report:

  • It is believed that between one and three million people, mainly Uyghurs, have been held in Xinjiang’s detention centers, where they have been detained without formal arrest, trial, or sentence.
  • In September 2021, Uyghur Tribunal was provided with expert testimony on the use of advanced analytic technologies by the CCP, including the use of “Uyghur face detection” (UFD), a system trained to determine if a person in an image or video is Uyghur on the basis of their facial features.
  • Around 8,500 mosques across Xinjiang, constituting approximately one third of the region’s mosques, have been destroyed since 2017. Another 30 percent were “damaged in some way, while about 50 percent of protected cultural sites have been damaged or destroyed.