'Uyghur Women Are No Longer Baby-Making Machines': Is the Official Chinese Tweet Celebrating Genocide?

Published January 10th, 2021 - 09:37 GMT
'Uyghur Women Are No Longer Baby-Making Machines': Official Chinese Tweet Perceived as a Celebrating of Genocide
As soon as the tweet was published on social media, online people widely condemned its content. (Shutterstock: Sandra Sanders)

On Friday, a tweet posted by the Chinese embassy in the US commenting on the conditions of the Uyghur Muslim minority has been slammed by social media users; who perceived it as an attempt to justify and even celebrate the systematic genocide reported in what Chinese authorities call "Xinjiang re-education camps."

While human rights organizations and local activists have been reporting deep violations against the Uyghur ethnicity that reside in the Xinjiang autonomous region, Chinese officials seem to be "rebranding" their approaches as "feminist," thus prompting online outrage.

In the tweet that was later removed by Twitter, the Chinese embassy in the US claimed that detention camps, where at least 1.5 million are held, are meant to "eradicate extremism;" saying that Uyghur women's "minds are now emancipated" as "gender equality and reproductive rights are more promoted."

The tweet concluded that Uyghur women "are no longer baby-making machines, but rather more confident and independent."

As soon as the tweet was published on social media, online people widely condemned its content and requoted human rights organizations earlier reports on how Uyghur women have been subject to forced abortions and sterilizations by authorities hoping to suppress the population and control their reproductive rates, which has been described since as a genocidal method.

Online people called on the UN and other international organizations to investigate the claims and to take proper actions to ensure the safety and freedom of the Uyghur.


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