Women in Xinjiang shine a light on a campaign of abuse and control by Beijing

Uyghur internment camp survivor Zumuret Dawut attends an event on global religious freedom on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Sept. 23, 2019. Photo: RFA

By Ben Westcott, Ivan Watson and Rebecca Wright, CNN
Updated 3:35 AM ET, Fri July 31, 2020

(CNN)Zumrat Dawut said she was forcibly sterilized by the Chinese government for having one too many children.

A former resident of Urumqi, the capital of China's western Xinjiang region, the 38-year-old Uyghur woman said she was fined 18,400 yuan ($2,600) in 2018 for having three children, one more than she was allowed to under Chinese rule.

When she went to pay the fine, Dawut said she was told she'd also need to have a mandatory "birth control procedure."