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  • Writer's pictureXiaodong Fang

China's repression in Xinjiang (Uighur) and how you can help

The Chinese government's crackdowns on Uighur are violations of religious freedom, human rights, and cultural diversity. The repression is brutal. Uighur people in Xinjiang are under strict surveillance. Millions are detained in the concentration camps. More details of China's crackdown on Uighurs in Xinjiang can be found in the report by the Council on Foreign Relations.


However, the Chinese communist government argues that the methods they performed in Xinjiang are just to prevent terrorism, which is the excuse of all the wrongdoings on innocent Uighur people. The concentration camps are called "Reeducation" camps.


Although many international organizations including the UN have urged China to close the camps and respect the human rights of Uighur people in Xinjiang, little progress has made so far and the conditions continue to worsen.


So, what we can do to help the people in Xinjiang. Actions depend on who you are. As China Bashing advocates, we can take some specific actions regarding Xinjiang to initiate, uphold, and/or continue the changing of the Chinese government's behavior in Xinjiang. For example, presidential candidate(s) could raise the public attention by mentioning the issues of Xinjiang when discussing topics as human rights, religion or Muslim in their campaigns. Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro condemned China’s abuses against China’s Uighur population at the 3rd presidential debate on September 12, 2019. The general public could contact your Members of Congress to sponsor certain bills regarding China's human rights practice.


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Special words to the presidential candidates:


The campaign rhetoric by a presidential candidate is not cheap talk, it will merit serious consideration by the U.S. policymakers, as well as the Chinese government. Therefore, I call on presidential candidates to continue bashing China and urging it to improve the practices on freedom and human rights.


Dr. Xiaodong Fang






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