Chinese Gov't Claims 'There Has Never Been Any Genocide, Forced Labor or Religious Oppression' Against Uyghurs

Brittany M. Hughes | March 16, 2021
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An official Chinese government account pushed back on claims that the country is intentionally torturing and murdering Uyghur Muslims because of their ethnicity, posting on Twitter this week that there “has never been any "genocide," "forced labor" or "religious oppression" in the Xinjiang province.

“There has never been any "genocide," "forced labor" or "religious oppression" in Xinjiang,” the official Chinese “spokesperson” Twitter account posted Monday. “Such sensational rumors are fabricated by those ignorant and biased individuals, who simply want to seek political interests.”

On the contrary, the Chinese communist government’s oppression of thousands of Uyghur Muslims has been well-documented both by activists and former detainees imprisoned in the country’s forced labor camps, and by the U.S. officials and the State Department. 

Related: WATCH: Biden Says He's 'Not Going To Speak Out' Against China's Uyghur Genocide, Blames Different Cultural 'Norms'

In a post eventually removed by Twitter, the Chinese government recently openly bragged about forcibly imprisoning and sterilizing Uyghur women.

"Study shows that in the process of eradicating extremism, the minds of Uygur women in Xinjiang were emancipated and gender equality and reproductive health were promoted, making them no longer ‘baby-making machines’ They are more confident and independent," the communist regime posted from its official U.S.-based embassy's account.


While U.S. companies like Nike and Disney continue to do billions worth of business with China, the oppressive regime has continued to forcibly abduct Uyghur Muslims, an ethnic minority in Northwest China, and forcibly imprison them in labor camps, where they are routinely abused and women are sterilized as part of a greater genocidal effort to wipe out the group. Stories of abuse, torture, rape and murder have been widely circulated by international activists and labor camp survivors, and have been validated by video. Last July, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials seized 13 tons of human hair products suspected to have been made from hair forcibly taken from Uyghur women imprisoned in the camps. At the same time, reports circulated widely that the Chinese government was using forced Uyghur labor to make up the workforce deficit caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

As one of their final acts before leaving office, the Trump administration's State Department became the first in the world to declare the atrocities a genocide.

Despite the widespread evidence of human rights violations happening in Northwest China, President Joe Biden has so far declined to take a hard stance against the communist government for the horror, suggesting during one town hall that they were simply “cultural norms.”