According to German researcher Adrian Zenz, Chinese authorities are conducting a sterilization campaign to control the growth of the Uyghur population. The women who refuse are locked up in internment camps. Demographic collapse of the Uyghurs in 2017 and 2018. US and European parliamentarians demand an international investigation.
Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Chinese government is conducting a forced sterilization campaign in Xinjiang to control the growth of the population of Uyghur origin, according to a report published yesterday by Adrian Zenz, the German researcher who first revealed the existence of internment camps for the Uyghurs in the region.
According to data produced by Zenz, confirmed later by the United Nations, over one million Uyghurs (out of a population of almost 10 million) and other Turkic minorities of Islamic faith are being held arbitrarily in Xinjiang, which the local population calls "Eastern Turkestan ".
Zenz's work is based on official data, government documents and direct testimony. The German researcher claims that the Beijing authorities force Uyghur women to undergo sterilization surgery or treatment to block their menstrual cycle. If they refuse to abort to respect the limits of two children per family, they are locked up in internment camps. Local administrators, especially in rural areas, subject the Uyghurs in fertile age to mandatory gynecological checks.
To back up the data contained in his study, Zenz points out that in 2017 and 2018 the growth rate of the Uyghur population was lower than the average of the Han ethnicity, which is the majority in China. The German analyst maintains that China is carrying out a "demographic genocide" in Xinjiang.
Motivated by the contents of Zenz’s report, the Interparliamentary Alliance on China, a group of North American, European and Australian’ legislators are demanding an international investigation to verify whether Beijing is responsible for crimes against humanity and genocide in Xinjiang.