China: Population policies protect Uighur women from fate as 'baby-making machines'

Chinese Embassy Boasts on Twitter That Uighur Concentration Camps ‘Emancipate’ Women: It Makes Them More than ‘Baby-Making Machines’

In June a year ago, the Associated Press reported the Chinese government "regularly subjects minority women to pregnancy checks, and forces intrauterine devices, sterilization and even abortion on hundreds of thousands".

Twitter has removed a post by China's U.S. embassy stating that Uighur women have been emancipated from extremism and they are no longer "baby-making machines".

"A$3 study shows that in the process of eradicating extremism, the minds of Uighur women in Xinjiang were emancipated and gender equality and reproductive health were promoted, making them no longer baby-making machines", the embassy said in a Thursday message.

While removing the post, Twitter claimed that the post "violated the Twitter rules" and did not provide further details, The Guardian reported. This did not end here, the minorities were involved in forced labour, and enforced sterilisation of women.

China's embassy in Washington stated this week that repressive policies toward minority Uighurs in western China include birth control created to stop Uighur women from becoming "baby-making machines".

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Tuesday the United Nations needed access to China's Xinjiang region to verify allegations of forced labour and other human rights violations.

The measures are backed by the threat of detention, with parents of three or more children swept into camps and prisons if they're unable to pay massive fines.

China's ruling Communist Party has intensified its campaign to "Sinicise Islam" in recent years, including banning headscarfs for women and long beards for men as part of what it claims is a crackdown on Islamic extremism.

Twitter took down the Chinese Embassy's January 7 tweet following protests by groups that accuse Beijing of seeking to eradicate Uighur culture.

In one 2017 article, Li said having many children was a sign of "religious extremism and ethnic separatism". Li anxious that predominantly minority districts were breeding grounds for terrorism, calling it "a big political risk".

Canada and the United Kingdom announced measures to ensure Canadian and U.K. companies are not complicit in human rights abuses in China's Xinjiang region, the focus of growing global attention over mass detentions, forced labour and alleged genocide.

The post praises China's policy regarding the Uyghur Muslim ethnic minority in its northwestern Xinjiang region.

Image: Xu Guixiang, a deputy spokesperson for the Xinjiang regional government, looks up near a slide showing a photo of Uighur infants during a press conference to refute accusations of genocide in Beijing, China.

'With the help of the government, they have achieved stable employment, improved the quality of life and lived a normal life, ' Anayat said.

The article referenced a report by the Xinjiang Development Research Centre which said: "The changes were not caused by "forced sterilisation" of the Uyghur population, as repeatedly claimed by some western scholars and politicians".



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