China invaded East Turkestan in 1949. Chinese government calls this illegally captured land “Xinjiang”. Throughout this article we will not be using this X word anymore, as it will be a glorification of the acts of the Chinese communist party.
East Turkestan is a free country, that unfortunately is now under the occupation of the authoritarian regime in Beijing. East Turkestan’s predominant ethnic group are Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Tajiks, Kyrgyz, Tibetan, Mongol and Russians. Han ethnic group that is a majority group in and around Beijing is a minority group here.
Until 2012, the communist officials in East Turkestan were covertly change the demographics of this region. They indulged in intimidation of the locals, illegal confiscation of their personal and business property, higher brackets of taxes for locals, raising of places of worship and cultural centers, discrimination in employment against locals, creation of settlements for the Hans who were encouraged to migrate to this region.
East Turkestan is geo-strategically very important to China, as it borders many countries, like Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and India. By illegally occupying two districts of India (Aksai Chin and Trans-Karakoram Tract), China is able to establish a makeshift border with the Gilgit-Baltistan districts of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir State. Further by encouraging terrorists in the region, China encourages Pakistan to take control of these Gilgit-Baltistan.
East Turkestan has no borders with Pakistan. But the fact that the illegal occupation of East Turkestan gives China a border with the Gilgit-Baltistan districts of Jammu Kashmir (and therefore Pakistan) is one of the primary strategic reasons why China continues to occupy East Turkestan. China also does not have any borders for its silk road initiatives to Central Asian Republics, and thereafter to Europe. East Turkestan is a convenient excuse through which the Belt and Road land infrastructure can move goods to Europe via Rail and Roads.
But we diverge.
Since 2012, Xi Jinping came to head the authoritarian Chinese regime, communist party officials in East Turkestan have raked up false allegations against the Uyghur community, who are Muslim by faith – Allegations include separatism, religious extremism and terrorism.
This has resulted in the Chinese communist party carrying out crimes against humanity (as defined by the UN conventions) against the ten million Uyghurs who live in East Turkestan. As of January 2021, the estimate is that over two million Uyghurs are falsely imprisoned in concentration camps run by the dictatorial regime of China.
Chinese citizens are generally unaware of these crimes, because like many freedoms, freedom of the press is also restricted by the Beijing’s dictators.
Atrocities include all of the elements of the crime of genocide as defined in the Article 2 of the 1948 UN Convention on genocide. Mass murders, inhumane torture, indoctrination and destruction of dignity through rape, instrumental penetrations, brutal physical harassments, starvations, dehydration, sterilization of men and women, and transfer of children to orphanages, have become the way of life for Uyghurs in East Turkestan.
Government of United States, Canada and Netherlands have already asserted that China is conducting genocide against Uyghurs. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are few of the notable NGOs that have spoken up against these genocidal comments.
As with all other matters, China denies this allegation and claims that they are just running reeducation camps in East Turkestan. And China bullies, harasses, and intimidates anyone who is speaking up against these crimes. Businesses are threatened, individuals are targeted, and countries are economically coerced.
But the fact remains. China is committing genocide against Uyghurs in East Turkestan. And Xi Jinping must be tried by a war crimes tribunal, designated as a war criminal, and convicted for genocide and crimes against humanity, by the international community.
Please note, by using the word China, we do not implicate Chinese citizens who are innocent in this matter. We are merely referring to the authoritarian regime in China, officials of the Chinese government and the maniacs in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). If you believe that this article invokes hate crimes against Asians, that is unfortunate. This is the opinion of Survival Instincts, and we cannot remain silent when such crimes are occurring in the world, fearing that our words will be twisted by someone to perform crimes to another.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke
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