Warning. Details in this story are distressing. This is most likely the greatest ongoing crime on this planet today. Here is a review of the news from the Washington Post Editorial Board:
INITIAL ACCOUNTS of the prison-like camps in the Xinjiang region where China has detained 1 million or more ethnic Uighurs described how the inmates were forced to renounce Muslim customs, memorize propaganda songs and learn Chinese. Then more troubling stories reached the West — of beatings, sterilizations of women and forced labor. Now, the BBC has produced a shocking new report about the systematic rape and torture of women in the camps, based on on-the-record accounts of survivors. The reported atrocities underline the need for a coordinated international response to what the United States has rightly called a campaign of genocide.
The BBC story features accounts from four named women, one of whom says she was gang-raped three times while interned for nine months in a Xinjiang camp. Tursunay Ziawudun, who, according to the BBC, fled the country after her release and now lives outside Washington, told the British network that women were removed from cells “every night” and raped by Chinese men wearing masks.
From the just-released damning BBC report:
“My job was to remove their clothes above the waist and handcuff them so they cannot move,” said Gulzira Auelkhan, crossing her wrists behind her head to demonstrate. “Then I would leave the women in the room and a man would enter – some Chinese man from outside or policeman. I sat silently next to the door, and when the man left the room I took the woman for a shower.”
The Chinese men “would pay money to have their pick of the prettiest young inmates”, she said.
Some former detainees of the camps have described being forced to assist guards or face punishment. Auelkhan said she was powerless to resist or intervene.
Asked if there was a system of organised rape, she said: “Yes, rape.”
A system of organized rape targeted at a minority to eliminate them completely. It’s just horror.