The Uyghur Genocide—The World is Not Watching

A million in camps, transported in trains. Slave labor. Forced sterilization and institutional rape. A concerted program to wipe out an entire ethnic group. The whole world … isn’t watching. Nury Turkel of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, Rahima Mahmut of the World Uyghur Congress, camp survivor Mihrigul Tursen, and Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center join Edwin to unveil the horrifying facts.

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Show Topics: Uyghurs, Genocide, China
Show Guests

Nury Turkel

Rahima Mahmud

Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Mihrigul Tursen

Show Notes

Raphael Lemkin coined and began the process of defining the term “genocide” in 1944, while the outcome of WWII was not yet certain. Its definition, as adopted by the UN in 1948 includes: “… deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; and forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”

The Chinese government has imposed IUDs, sterilizations, and and other population control measures on Uyghur women and families.

Manufacturers worldwide, plus the Chinese government, are using forced Uyghur labor. The products of Uyghur and other minority forced labor are all through the global supply chain, especially solar panels. (VW has proffered a defense (via the BBC)).

Another survivor's story plus a history: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/04/12/surviving-the-crackdown-in-xinjiang.

In June 2020, the US passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, and the US plus Canada, Britain, and the EU have imposed sanctions on Chinese government officials in response.

Vice HBO undercover investigation here