Crimes against Uighur: China making tens of billions of dollars from 'genocide'

Asia's Tech News Daily

Crimes against Uighur: China making tens of billions of dollars from 'genocide'

Concern about China’s treatment of the Uighur ethnic minority in the country’s vast northwestern region has been building for several years now.

Of particular condemnation is Beijing’s mass imprisonment of an estimated 1.5 million people, with many allegedly subjected to barbaric acts including forced organ harvesting and sterilisation.

The Communist Party has been accused of working towards the eventual elimination of the Uighur people from their historic ancestral homeland of Xinjiang.

But more recently, it’s been revealed that China also benefits financially from what humanitarian groups and a growing list of countries describe as clear genocide.

And the monetary benefit is absolutely enormous.

Industrial scale ethnic cleansing

For several years, the Communist Party’s activities in Xinjiang have sparked outcry from human rights groups and non-government organisations.

Crimes against Uighur: China making tens of billions of dollars from 'genocide'

View from an aerial drone of blindfolded and shackled men outside a camp in China. Photo / YouTube

Uighurs in the region are subjected to intense surveillance, with a massive network of CCTV cameras reportedly monitoring their every move.

They’re forbidden from leaving the area and have limits placed on how far they can travel from their homes.

Thousands of mosques and other culturally significant landmarks belonging to the predominantly Muslim Uighur people have been destroyed – reportedly levelled without warning by government officials.

But most alarmingly, an almost incomprehensible number of Uighurs have been dragged from their homes or taken off the streets, bundled into trucks and sent to ‘re-education centres’.

That’s what Beijing calls them – sprawling prison camps behind tall razor-wire fences, guarded by heavily armed soldiers.

Some are kept there for several months, forced to take “vocational training” in Mandarin, Chinese culture and etiquette.

Many others never re-emerge, leaving their terrified loved ones to grieve in silence.

Eyewitness accounts, secretly captured vision and photographs, independent investigations and foreign intelligence paint a picture of terror and torture.

Crimes against Uighur: China making tens of billions of dollars from 'genocide'

Uyghurstan is in the south of China's far western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Photo / Stuart Munro

Inmates at hundreds of these camps dotted across Xinjiang are often subjected to beatings and other violent interrogation techniques to obtain false confessions to justify their detention.

There have been accusations of women being sterilised to prevent pregnancy on a mass scale – seen by human rights groups as an attempt at brutal population control.

In London in 2019, the China Tribunal convened to hear countless reports of forced organ harvesting, including on live patients, to service the multi-billion dollar black market trade.

A report from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) also revealed “the mass transfer of Uighur and other ethnic minority citizens from the far west region of Xinjiang to factories across the country”.

Conditions there strongly suggested forced labour, the report concluded, with Uighurs forced to work in factories that are “in the supply chains of at least 82 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing and automotive sectors”.

A very profitable persecution

Those elements of Beijing’s attempts to crush the Uighur population – carefully co-ordinated slave labour and the harvesting of organs – can reap huge financial rewards.

The ASPI report estimates some 80,000 Uighurs were trafficked from Xinjiang to factories across China between 2017 and 2019.

Crimes against Uighur: China making tens of billions of dollars from 'genocide'

Chinese President Xi Jinping. Among the barbaric prison camp allegations levelled at Beijing are forced sterilisation of women, beatings and torture, organ harvesting and slave labour. Photo / AP

“In factories far away from home, they typically live in segregated dormitories, undergo organised Mandarin and ideological training outside working hours, are subject to constant surveillance, and are forbidden from participating in religious observances,” the report said.

And they’re poorly paid, if paid at all, advocacy groups claim. Their forced labour makes factories – owned by the Communist Party either directly or indirectly – a tidy sum.

China’s black market organ trade is estimated to be worth at least US$1 billion a year.

The 2019 China Tribunal heard the number of organ transplants conducted in China annually is about 60,000 – significantly more than donor schemes are able to service.

A map of hospitals in China that carry out organ transplants shows they are in proximity to known detention centres.

The number of operations performed, the incredibly short waiting lists for recipients and the expansion of facilities demonstrated “beyond a reasonable doubt” that “forced organ harvesting has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale”, the report said.

Black market organs sell for a significant amount, with a healthy liver fetching around $160,000.

But the amount of money the Communist Party is raking in goes much further than that.

An investigation published in Taiwan News claimed Chinese officials have seized vast assets owned by Uighurs over the past few years, selling them off for an estimated US$84 billion.

Real estate comprised the majority of those stolen assets, the outlet reported.

Crimes against Uighur: China making tens of billions of dollars from 'genocide'

A security person watches from a guard tower around a detention facility in Yarkent County in northwestern China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Photo / AP

One victim was Abdujelil Helil, who was a wealthy exporter detained in 2017 by Chinese police after he was accused of financing terrorism.

He was forced to surrender some US$1 billion of assets, which Taiwan News claims were then sold.

International condemnation grows

After years of pressure, a number of countries are stepping up to condemn China’s treatment of Uighurs and other minority groups.

Canada’s parliament described the persecution as “genocide”, while the US State Department published a report that concluded the atrocities amount to “genocide and crimes against humanity”.

That latter report – the 2020 Human Rights Record – also levelled accusations at Beijing that included “severe restrictions and suppression of religious freedom; substantial restrictions on freedom of movement; forced sterilisation and coerced abortions; forced labour and trafficking in persons”.

Crimes against Uighur: China making tens of billions of dollars from 'genocide'

Secret footage showed hundreds of shackled and blindfolded Uighur men at a prison camp in China's Xinjiang Province. Photo / YouTube

At the time, China’s Foreign Ministry described the report as “the most preposterous lie of the century, an outrageous insult and affront to the Chinese people”.

In early October, Beijing again fired back at renewed criticism of its treatment of the Uighur people, attempting to deflect attention to America’s racial tensions.

“Due to the inaction and botched performance of a few countries including the United States, the international community still has a long way to go to eliminate racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said.

He said “racism and white supremacy are still spreading in the US” and that had “again torn to pieces the US disguise of ‘equality’ and ‘freedom'”.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related


Childhood vaccines: Report calls for urgent changes to protect Māori children from 'lethal' diseases

Urgent and widespread changes to New Zealand’s childhood immunisation system are needed to protect Māori children from fatal infectious diseases, according to an official report obtained by the Herald. The ... Read more »

Watch: Airbus A350 runs on 100 per cent sustainable aviation fuel

Initial findings from a world-first study of the impact of 100 per cent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on both engines of a commercial jet have provided promising early results. The ... Read more »

Lone Star: Eatery ignores mandate and invites unvaccinated to apply for bar and restaurant work

A popular family restaurant in Auckland inviting unvaccinated workers to apply for bar and restaurant roles on a “No Jab Jobs” website has had its ad removed. Lone Star New ... Read more »

Infrastructure: Plotting our best path forward

The theme for this year’s recent InfrastructureNZ Building Nations conference, “A Fork in the Road” was intended to highlight the urgent need to plot the sector’s — and New Zealand’s ... Read more »

Debbie Ngarewa-Packer: Learning to live with Covid in NZ - let's leave no one behind

OPINION: The transition to living with Covid is on, as we prepare our regions and vulnerable communities for red and orange lights underpinned by mandates. We’re only weeks away from ... Read more »

New National leader Christopher Luxon's biggest challenge - and the questions he didn't want to answer

National’s new leader Chris Luxon wants a “reset”, drawing a line under not only his party’s chaotic and toxic past week – but each one of its four tumultuous years ... Read more »

Infrastructure: Light rail gathers speed

The options that are on the table for the city centre to Māngere light rail route. The Auckland light rail proposal, christened the City Centre to Mangere project, is a ... Read more »

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: New locations of interest as virus spreads days out from move to red, orange

New cases of Covid-19 have emerged at the top of the South Island with the country just days from moving into the new traffic light system. And the Prime Minister ... Read more »

Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust receives Environmental Award for empowering youth

An education programme so good the graduates didn’t want to leave is the reason a local sanctuary is a recipient of a 2021 Taranaki Regional Council Environmental Award. Rotokare Scenic ... Read more »

Whanganui music clubs geared for traffic lights

Both the Whanganui Musicians Club and Jazz Club will hold their December club nights this weekend as the country moves into the New Zealand Protection Framework. This means all performers ... Read more »

Stratford Speedway: Plenty of thrills at second race meeting of the season

It was the turn of the modifieds, stockcars and streetstocks to shine at the MG Taranaki Stratford Speedway on Saturday night. They raced for their City of New Plymouth Classic ... Read more »

Team HOPE help Stratford family decorate their house for Christmas

A Stratford charitable trust has Christmas all wrapped up. Team HOPE members and volunteers visited Barbara and David Cook at their Pembroke Rd home on Sunday to hang lights, and ... Read more »

The Scratching Post: Fundraiser to raise money for local charity

Crafters and sewers will be able to pick up a range of fabric at an upcoming fundraiser and support a local charity while doing so. Karma Andrews, a trustee of ... Read more »

St Joseph's School Hāwera pupils swap school shoes for gumboots

Byline: Alyssa Smith South Taranaki school pupils swapped their school shoes for gumboots to support a national charity. St Joseph’s School Hāwera pupils wore their gumboots to school on November ... Read more »

StartUp Weekend Taranaki: Programme to sort and prioritise feedback wins

A program that integrates different sets of feedback and prioritises prompts is the winning idea of Startup Weekend Taranaki 2021. Startup Weekend, which ran virtually this month, is an event ... Read more »

TET funding extends Blue Light driving programme to north Taranaki

Funding has enabled the Blue Light Te Ara Tika (BLTAT) Driver Licensing Programme to help more people. South Taranaki Blue Light co-ordinator Leanne Richards says funding from the Taranaki Electricity ... Read more »

Taranaki schools celebrate vocational excellence winners with Prime Minister's Awards

Taranaki schools are celebrating this year’s recipients of the Prime Minister’s Award for Vocational Excellence. Careers and Transition Education Association (CATE) national president and Sacred Heart Girls’ College Pathways leader ... Read more »

Kaponga Women's Institute celebrates 90th birthday

On November 8, Kaponga Women’s Institute celebrated its 90th birthday. The celebration was held at the Kaponga Hotel, with a full turnout of present-day members. The day began with drinks ... Read more »

Inglewood High School announces head boy and girl for 2022

Inglewood High School has announced its head boy and head girl for 2022. Head boy is Oliver D’Ath. He says he is honoured to be given the role. “Hearing my ... Read more »

Experience Pūrangi changes name to East Taranaki Environment Collective

After several years of marketing as Experience Pūrangi, it has renamed itself the East Taranaki Environment Collective. There are two major reasons behind this change. First, it’s because the operational ... Read more »

World Rugby makes sweeping changes to community game

World Rugby has signed off sweeping change in the form of 10 optional law variations to the community game with the hope of improving safety and participation challenges. From next ... Read more »

Cold Case: The mysterious case of Richard Hinkley who vanished on Christmas Day

When police turned up at Richard Hinkley’s home after a neighbour reported him missing they found a clean and tidy unit with Japanese decor and plenty of family pictures on ... Read more »

Solomon Islands requests NZ support following riots in capital

After days of rioting, protests and unrest in the capital, the Solomon Islands Government has formally requested assistance from New Zealand. And it’s understood New Zealand troops are gathering at ... Read more »

Horse racing: Two-pronged Bonecrusher attack for Wexford

A double-handed attack on the Gr.3 Mitchell Family Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m) highlights a busy day for the Wexford Stables team on their home track at Matamata on Saturday. The training ... Read more »

Horse racing: Akuta trial form hints at big race

The mega clash of the pacing three-year-olds next season is on and came more sharply into focus when Akuta returned to the trials today. The Harness Jewels hero was given ... Read more »

Driver dies after collision with truck near Matatā

Police have confirmed that one person has died following a serious crash on State Highway 2 north of Matatā near Pikowai Beach. A police spokesperson said a truck and a ... Read more »

Covid 19 Omicron: Japan confirms first case of new coronavirus variant

Japan confirmed its first case of the new Omicron coronavirus variant today, a visitor who recently arrived from Namibia, an official said. Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said the patient, ... Read more »

Rugby: All Black Ardie Savea recommits to New Zealand Rugby and the Hurricanes

All Blacks loose forward Ardie Savea has signed a four-year deal with New Zealand Rugby (NZR) which will keep him in Aotearoa through to the end of the 2025 season. ... Read more »

Police need new approach to quell rising gang violence - expert

By RNZ A gang expert says police may need to monitor gangs extremely heavily – or get them in a room together – in a bid to quash any tit-for-tat ... Read more »

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Some Otago restaurants pass on checking vaccine passes

A popular North Otago restaurant is among a handful of hospitality businesses in the south that are not adopting the vaccine pass system and at least two are set to ... Read more »

Serious crash near Matatā in Bay of Plenty, road reopened

A section of State Highway 2 which remained closed for several hours after a serious crash near Matatā has since been re-opened. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport said at 1.20 pm ... Read more »

Claire Trevett: Chris Luxon's first job was reassuring National voters - next is the fetid mess in caucus

The jury is still out on whether its new leader Christopher Luxon actually is the answer to National’s woes. If Luxon is not, National is truly in trouble. But the ... Read more »

National Party's new leader Christopher Luxon: Former leaders Don Brash and Jim Bolger share their views

Former National Party leaders say Christopher Luxon will provide a much-needed fresh start for the party and present a credible challenge to Labour, but his lack of political experience will ... Read more »

Daniela Elser: Royal family lawyers on standby over The Princes and the Press doco

OPINION: Ordinarily, it must be generally quite easy to be the Queen’s lawyers. You stop people from slapping royal warrants willy-nilly on unsanctioned biscuit tins, occasionally get Princess Anne out ... Read more »

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Unvaccinated people barred from Auckland Council facilities and offices

Unvaccinated people will be barred from Auckland Council staffed services and facilities when the city transitions to the traffic light system this Friday. The council confirmed that vaccination passes will ... Read more »

Reserve Bank Assistant Governor on the future of cash

Reserve Bank Assistant Governor Christian Hawkesby on the future of cash. Video / NZ Herald Read more »

Vanished: Family of missing Waikanae man still hope to find him alive

Joe Pryor gets up at the crack of dawn most mornings for a swim at Raumati beach, he works as a sheet metal engineer, he is kind and polite – ... Read more »

Rotorua deputy chief executive makes code of conduct complaint against councillor Reynold Macpherson

A Rotorua Lakes Council deputy chief executive has made a code of conduct complaint against a councillor over a social media post on housing he says was “false or, at ... Read more »

The aerial dance of DLR's Falcon 20E and an A350 operating on 100% SAF

An Airbus A350 running on 100% sustainable aviation fuel shadowed by a Falcon business jet. Video / Airbus Read more »

Covid 19: Australia records sixth Omicron case after woman visited NSW Central Coast venues while infectious

Australia has confirmed its sixth Omicron case, after a woman in her 30s tested positive after arriving from South Africa on Saturday. Alarmingly, it is understood the woman visited several ... Read more »
On you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic