China’s treatment toward the Uyghur Muslims

Jonathan Lopez

Currently, China is committing multiple human rights violations against Uyghur Muslims. The Uyghurs are a Turkic people whose language is closest to Uzbek and Islam is the group’s dominant religion. Chinese officials are concerned that Uyghurs hold extremist and separatist ideas, they instituted detention camps because they believe the Muslims are threats to China’s territorial integrity, government, and population. Chinese President, Xi Jinping,  has pushed to shape all religions to conform to the atheist party’s doctrines and the majority of Han Chinese society’s customs. Though the government recognizes five religions Buddhism, Catholicism, Daoism, Islam, and Protestantism it has long feared that foreigners could use religious practice to spur separatism.  

 China is committing genocide. China is trying to get rid of all the Uyghurs in China, they instituted reeducation camps to take their culture away from them. Women who are expecting a baby are forced to get an abortion. The Chinese government is scouting and arresting citizens who are studying the Quran and learning Arabic.  Human rights are inalienable fundamental rights to which a person is inherently entitled.  One example of a human rights violation in China is that individuals cannot accept interviews without the government’s permission.  That goes against freedom of speech and the people in China cannot speak freely. Another human rights violation is forced abortions if they find out that you are Muslim and have a baby. They would even force them to sing a communist song to be able to eat and when someone refused to sing, they were tortured. They hold up pictures of Xi Jinping (Chinese president) in mosques because it’s a sin to idolize someone in the Muslim faith. Life in china for the Uyghurs is unbearable because of the constant fear that they will be forcefully proselytized.

Some nations or individuals from the international community did take action to help Uyghurs in China. Enes Canter Freedom has accused the NBA of hypocrisy over its decision to host a “civic engagement night” the day before Election Day while remaining silent on the Chinese “dictatorship” that he says the league is “profiting off of.”  Canter Freedom would also wear shoes on the court speaking out against the Chinese government.   Another individual speaking out against China is Rudy Gobert.  Gobert wrote “Wrong is wrong” on Instagram while sharing a post from actor and producer Omar Sy, which explained the situation for Uyghurs in China. The Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey also spoke out by tweeting in support of Hong Kong as it battled for independence from China last fall.