China on the dock

BIG STORY – Beijing is more and more openly and strongly denounced for its genocidal policy against the Muslim populations of the Xinjiang region.

A re-education camp near Hotan, in May 2019. The policy of control and assimilation of Uyghur and Kazakh minorities in Xinjiang is increasingly repressive.
A re-education camp near Hotan, in May 2019. The policy of control and assimilation of Uyghur and Kazakh minorities in Xinjiang is increasingly repressive. GREG BAKER / AFP

After the United States, and Great Britain, France is in turn raising the tone on the repression in Xinjiang. Jean-Yves Le Drian denounced, on July 21, the “Unacceptable practices” orchestrated by the Chinese Communist regime against the Turkish-speaking Muslim populations in the western province of the Middle Kingdom. The French foreign minister pointed to a “Repressive system”, marked by birth control, during a debate in the National Assembly, joining the growing concert of international critics, some of whom accuse China of “genocide”. “What shines through are internment camps for the Uighurs, massive detentions, disappearances, forced labor, forced sterilizations, the destruction of Uighur cultural heritage and in particular places of worship”, said Jean-Yves Le Drian, delivering one of the most detailed denunciations to date from Paris, so far cautious on this file

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