In Xinjiang, Beijing officials have formally recognized birth rates reduced by around a 3rd in 2018 while compared to the earlier year, in a message to a media company, CNN, in which they even nullify those reports of forced women sterilization and genocide by officials in the far western section.
Chinese officials have officially acknowledged birth rates in Xinjiang dropped by almost a third in 2018 — but they also denied reports of forced sterilization and genocide by authorities in the region https://t.co/0F8BMRhJdx
— CNN (@CNN) September 21, 2020
The government of Xinjiang forwarded CNN a 6-page fax in answer to those questions for an article published in July that documented a campaign of misuse and control by China aiming women from the Uyghur minor community, a Muslim ethnic community with above ten million people. Moreover, the fax did not reach until the 1st of September, a month after the story was posted.
The Xinjiang Regional Government sent a 6 page letter to CNN. It confirms our previous reporting of a huge drop in birth rate. But it insists a surge in sterilizations is “entirely voluntary” & it attacks the testimonies of 2 Uyghur women we interviewedhttps://t.co/nFmM6mdKp1
— Ivan Watson (@IvanCNN) September 21, 2020
In Xinjiang, there are not supposed to be the first allegation of human rights violation by the Beijing government. The U.S. State Department says that above two million Uyghurs and various other Muslim communities are thinking of having been placed in mass detention centers in that region, where they have supposedly been subject to indoctrination and misuse.
China reports that these centers are voluntary and offer vocational exercise as part of a deradicalization package in Xinjiang, which led to a series of violent assaults in the previous years.
But media firm, CNN, the report said that many Uyghur ladies were being forced to control birth rate and follow sterilization as part of the cautious effort to slow down the birth rates among minority groups in Xinjiang.
Number of sterilizations ramped up – Adrian Zenz
The published article held facts based on research by Adrian Zenz, a senior worker at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation known for his study on Xinjiang, who cited formal Chinese documents demonstrating an upsurge in the amount of sterilizations performed in the area, less than fifty per 100,000 people in 2016 to around 250 per 100,000 people in 2018.
Adrian Zenz also described that these moves fell under the UN definition of genocide, particularly imposing calculations aimed to prevent births within the group.
In the reaction to Zenz’s study about Xinjiang, the Xinjiang government potentially declined the allegation of genocide, arguing instead that the population of the Uyghur has been growing continuously during the previous decade and also said that Adrian Zenz’s research was not in line with the original condition in Xinjiang.
However, the government of Xinjiang said that the Xinjiang population was increasing by above three million people, or around fourteen percent, from 2010 to 2018, with the Uyghur population increasing faster than the average rate of the region.