‘This is genocide’: China’s Uighurs ‘being wiped out with forced abortions’
Beijing admits drop on birth rate but denies women are forced into birth-control plans in mass-detention camps
Chinese officials have admitted that birth rates have plummeted among its ethnic Uighurs, fuelling claims that Beijing is subjecting its Muslim minority to a campaign of forced birth control.
Official statistics show that in Xinjiang, the northwestern province where most of the country’s 10 million Uighurs live, birth rates dropped by almost a third in 2018. The statistics follow accusations that Beijing is trying to reduce the Uighur population by threatening women with fines or spells in mass-detention camps if they flout harsh family-planning measures.
At least a million Uighurs are believed to have passed through the camps in recent years, which Beijing insists are voluntary schools to teach Uighurs about the dangers of Islamic extremism. Human rights groups say they are used to eradicate Uighur culture, in tandem with forced abortion and sterilisation policies that amount to “demographic genocide”...