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The ‘time has come’ to confront China over the plight of Uyghurs!

The Uyghurs’ treatment in Xinjiang is the subject of unique medical concerns, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), particularly between 2017 and 2019. Blood tests, injections, and drugs were allegedly administered to Uyghurs against their will, according to testimonies obtained. Sexual assault incidents were detailed, including rapes of mostly women, ‘invasive gynaecological examinations,’¬†and sexual humiliation.

According to the United Nations, psychological torture caused mental suffering by inducing dread, tension, and anxiety in Xinjiang. There are also grave worries about widespread violations of the right to the highest attainable quality of health, a lack of access to sanitary facilities and clean water, and an insufficient supply of nutritious food. Additionally, apparently, reproductive rights were infringed.

The crimes and breaches committed in Xinjiang by China are going unnoticed by the international community. It’s possible that forced abortions, forced intrauterine device implantation, and forced sterilisations were part of what caused the birth rate to drop so quickly. There were beatings, malnutrition, and lack of sleep, as well as limitations on the freedoms of speech, thought, and religion.

Some quarters are demanding the acts as genocide against the Muslims. There is nothing wrong if it is called crimes against humanity. In addition these are being perpetrated during the peace times and not during any war. The Chinese authorities, as usual, argued that the alleged evidence was ‘groundless’ and based on ‘disinformation and lies’.

Only counterterrorism and deradicalization efforts have been made by the government in Xinjiang. They claimed there had not been a widespread breach of human rights. WHO has remained mute despite the UN OHCHR being the report’s source. The same day the report was released, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus discussed the humanitarian crisis in Pakistan, COVID-19, and monkeypox during a media briefing. Nothing was spoken about the purported atrocities committed against Uyghurs. Nor the day after, when he delivered the keynote address at the Health20 Summit and lauded nations for their dedication to multilateralism, partnerships, and equity, including China.

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