China: ‘Heartbroken’ Uyghur woman calls for ‘action’

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Human rights groups have accused the Chinese Government of detaining more than a million Uighurs in “re-education camps”, where mass sterilisation of women and forced labour is believed to be carried out.

Xi Jinping’s government has continued to deny any persecution towards the minority group.

Now, a former Chinese policeman has described the extreme abuse the Uyghurs have been subjected to.

He claimed they were hanged, tortured and raped in order to elicit confessions as China rounded up around two million people in a social cleansing programme.

The officer, known only as Jiang, worked in one of the hundred internment camps dotted around western China.

He claimed he felt the patriotic pull to join 150,000 police recruits to staff the detention centres, CNN reported.

However, he quickly changed his mind after seeing the extreme abuse carried out against detainees as young as 14.

Jiang said each new detainee was beaten during their first interrogation to extract a “confession”.

Torture methods included China’s infamous “tiger chair”, which straps a person’s hands and feet to a chair for days, as well as waterboarding, sleep deprivation and hanging from ceilings.

He said his colleagues would “kick them, beat them” until they were bruised and swollen.

Jiang continued: “If you want people to confess, you use the electric baton with two sharp tips on top.

“We would tie two electrical wires on the tips and set the wires on their genitals while the person is tied up.”

He went on to say how prisoners were forced to gang-rape male detainees.

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Shockingly, Jiang now believes none of the detainees were guilty and many were arrested in order to fill government quotas.

An estimated two million Uyghur Muslims have been sent to internment camps in Xinjiang since 2017.

It is believed it is part of China’s “Strike Hard Campaign” against potential terrorism and religious extremism, the US State Department said.

Last year, shocking drone footage emerged of hundreds of blindfolded and shackled men, believed to be Uighur and other minority groups, being led from a train in what appeared to be a transfer of inmates.

China has continued to deny the existence of any such camps in the Xinjiang region.

Former Chinese ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming previously told the BBC: “There is no such concentration camp in Xinjiang.”

Before adding after seeing the video footage: “I do not know where you got this videotape.

“Sometimes you have a transfer of prisoners, in any country.”

Back in April, China imposed sanctions on nine British citizens, including former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith and Tom Tugendhat, chair of the House of Commons foreign affairs committee.

The Uighur community are a Turkic-speaking minority ethnic group originating from and culturally affiliated with the general region of Central and East Asia.

Since 2015, it has been estimated that more than a million Uighurs have been detained in Xinjiang re-education camps.

According to research in June last year, the Chinese state was found to subject minority women to pregnancy checks and forces sterilisation and abortion on hundreds and thousands of people.

While the use of IUD’s and sterilisation has fallen nationwide, there was a sharp increase in the region of Xinjiang.

Reacting to previous accusations of abuse of Uyghur Muslims a Chinese government spokeswoman said: “The Chinese government protects the rights and interests of all ethnic minorities equally.

She added the government “attaches great importance to protecting women’s rights”.

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