China is forcing women to be sterilised or fitted with contraceptive devices in Xinjiang in an attempt to limit the population of Muslim Uyghurs, a new report has found.
The Chinese Communist Party has for the last three years forced the Uyghur community into re-education camp in Xinjiang, an autonomous region in China that borders the former Soviet republics of Central Asia.
Beijing has labelled the camps as “help centres”, which the Communist Party claims are designed to combat religious extremism. Leaked documents earlier showed that the centers are forced ideological re-education camps.
The United Nations estimates that more than a million Muslims have been incarcerated in Xinjiang. The main reason people are sent to the camps is having too many children.
The report citied government statistics, state documents and interviews with former detainees and a former detention camp instructor. The detainees said they were given injections that stopped their periods, or caused unusual bleeding consistent with the effects of birth control drugs.
The probe found that officials regularly subject minority women to pregnancy checks and force intrauterine devices, sterilisation and even abortion on hundreds of thousands. Rights groups slammed the practice as a “slow, painful genocide”.
“Overall, it is likely that Xinjiang authorities are engaging in the mass sterilization of women with three or more children”, the report said.
China has denied the allegations, calling them “baseless”.