"Beijing has provided both direct and circumstantial evidence of the intent to
destroy the Uyghur people. A Chinese government document cited by the New
Yorker speaks directly to this. That document on reeducation stated, “break
their lineage, break their roots, break their connections, and break their
origins.” Agence France-Presse in 2018 found a similar document that used the
same language about breaking Uyghur roots to build new, better Chinese
citizens. It has recurred throughout state commentary. Even if this is not a
call for mass murder—although it is violent language in a context of mass state
violence—it is entirely explicit about breaking the cultural and social
connections that make Uyghurs a recognizable ethnic group.
China’s policies toward Uyghur families also reinforces this interpretation of
intent because they deliberately break the channels of cultural transmission
from generation to generation. Thousands of Uyghur children have been placed in
boarding schools and orphanages, separated from their parents and grandparents.
Working age adults can be forced to work far away from their homes or may still
be in prison. Many elderly Uyghurs have also been detained for attending too
many funeral services, which are religious observances, or for a myriad other
reasons for which Uyghurs disappear into the camps. Although specific evidence
about the elderly is lacking, China has expanded the network of elderly care
facilities in Xinjiang throughout this latest crackdown in the name of poverty
alleviation—a justification used for the forced labor programs. These policies
in combination are clearly intended to destroy any continuity of Uyghur culture
or sense of identity as a people, just as Native American boarding schools in
the United States were used to destroy native cultures."
Via Glyn Moody.
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