Holding China Accountable For Its Mistreatment Of Ethnic Uyghurs

Detainees listening to speeches in a re-education camp in Lop County, Xinjiang, April 2017

Silvia Saavedra
22 Mar, 2020

While the Uyghurs are a predominantly large Muslim Turkish ethnic group with a distinct culture, their presence in China (heavily concentrated in Xinjiang) has been admonished in this present day and age. Ethnic Uyghurs remain targeted for surveillance and control tactics.

China’s agenda of severe repression towards these individuals has precipitated from years of tension between China and its people.

In the 1940s, China’s civil war permitted Xinjiang to achieve a short period of independence and it became known as China’s ‘East Turkestan.’ As Chinese Communist Party Leader (CCP) Mao Zedong established the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949, the state began to perceive the Uyghurs as an official ethnic minority to support the CCP’s manifesto of securing “a great family founded in principle on ethnic equality.” The creation of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in 1955 also served to quell independence movements to maintain Beijing’s sovereignty over China.

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