“In the build up to the National People’s Congress, the CCP has only escalated its inhuman treatment of Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hong Kongers and millions of others,” WUC President Dolkun Isa stated. “The CCP is undermining the autonomy, human rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong before our eyes. If something is not done, Hong Kong may suffer the same brutal treatment as Uyghurs and Tibetans. Enough is enough, the international community must take action… for all of our sakes.”
While the world has been distracted by the pandemic, China has been also transferring hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs from internment camps in East Turkistan to forced labour facilities in other regions. A recent document published by China state news outlet CCTV alluded to the fact that 290,000 Uyghurs would be transferred from only four prefectures in East Turkistan to forced labour facilities around the rest of China. The recent report from the Austrlian Strategic Policy Institute found evidence that at least 80,000 Uyghurs had been transferred forced labour facilities around China and were used in the supply chains of 83 Western companies. The scale of the transfer of Uyghurs and their use in forced labour is almost unprecedented and signals a disturbing new phase to China’s crimes against humanity against the Uyghur people.
Internationally, the Chinese government has become increasingly aggressive. Chinese officials have been using increasingly threatening language against the Taiwanese government and have deprived them of the right to participate in discussions at the World Health Agency (WHA) or join the WHO in the middle of a devastating pandemic. Instead of being transparent about the virus’s nature and origins, the CCP has been arresting and disappearing any Chinese citizens sharing information about the virus online, strictly censoring information in China, spreading disinformation around the world and attacking any country calling for justice and accountability. The Chinese government is now engaging in economic retaliation against Australia, trying to cause significant damage to their economy, merely for requesting an investigation into the origins of the virus.