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Recently leaked police files exposing the Communist Chinese Party (CCP) plans for Xinjiang Uyghurs have drawn criticism from leaders worldwide against the communist regime.
United Kingdom Foreign Minister Liz Truss said the documents further prove the CCP’s human rights abuses in China’s northwestern region.
“New evidence shows the extraordinary scale of China’s targeting of Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities, including forced labor, severe restrictions on freedom of religion, the separation of parents from their children, forced birth control, and mass incarceration,” she wrote in a statement.
“The UK stands with our international partners in calling out China’s appalling persecution of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities. We remain committed to holding China to account.”
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also called for more investigations into CCP activities in Xinjiang.
“Human rights are a fundamental part of the international order and Germany is committed to protecting them worldwide,” said Ms Baerbock.
“I think it’s important that these accusations, which have been known for a long time, are addressed by the Chinese side, and I made that very, very clear in this morning’s discussion.”
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) published the leaked information on a public database, which further confirm the CCP’s persecution of over a million Xinjiang Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities.
“The significance of this is that we have unprecedented evidence on every level,” stated Adrian Zenz, a senior fellow at the VOC who helped expose the files.
“It’s now beyond any reasonable doubt what is going on there and the nature of the camps and the scale of the internment.”
The documents were also sent to news outlets and activists worldwide.
The exposed human rights violations include forced birth control, slave labour, restricting religious freedom, mass incarceration, and separating children from their parents.
A 2017 speech from former Xinjiang secretary Chen Quanguo contained a shoot-to-kill order for all prisoners attempting to escape the regime’s internment camps.
“If we all fulfil our duty, Xinjiang will be stabilized,” said the top CCP official.
“If they run, just kill them. There will be no problem because we have already authorised this a long time ago.”
Meanwhile, the CCP continues to claim its internment camps are re-education camps and accused America, Britain and other countries of staging political farces around the recent visit to Xinjiang by United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.
“They have first openly pressured and strongly demanded that the high commissioner visit China and Xinjiang, and conducted the so-called investigation with the presumption of guilt,” stated CCP Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin at a daily briefing.
CCP authorities have long tried to stop the UN visit and also used China’s rising COVID-19 infections as a reason to hinder Ms Bachelet’s inquiry into activities in Xinjiang. She agreed to stay with a small group of CCP-chosen individuals during her trip.
The United States State Department has criticised both the CCP and Ms Bachelet for the decision, saying the UN commissioner should have refused such a restricted visit.
Ms Bachelet’s six-day visit aims to investigate allegations of abuses against Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.
However, human rights groups fear the visit will only whitewash the CCP’s treatment of the groups, which was labelled by the Trump administration as genocide.
“We don’t expect much from this visit. Ms Bachelet will not be able to see much, or speak to Uyghurs in a free and secure environment, because of the fear of reprisals after the team leaves,” stated the World Uyghur Congress spokesman, Zumretay Arkin.
“We believe that in this context, the visit will do more harm than good.”
Meanwhile, Norway-based Uyghur scholar and activist Abduweli Ayup said Ms Bachelet’s trip would be worthwhile if it even slightly improved conditions for those locked in the CCP’s prisons.
“The people there might have better treatment for at least one day. So it’s important,” stated the former CCP camp detainee, whose sister was sentenced to 12 years in prison by the CCP.
“If she [my sister] can tell me she’s alive, I’ll be happy.”
The Uyghur activist is among the many other Uyghur Muslims abroad who are urging Ms Bachelet to help find their missing relatives.