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U.S. hits China over reports of Uighur 'family planning'

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Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region

The Chinese government has detained more than 1 million ethnic minorities, many of them Uighur Muslims, in prison camps in the name of "counterterrorism" and security - repression that human rights groups have denounced.

Mr Zenz's report was based on a combination of official regional data, policy documents and interviews with ethnic minority women in Xinjiang.

"Many samples of these malware tools were Trojanized legitimate apps, i.e., the malware maintained complete functionality of the applications they were impersonating in addition to its hidden malicious capabilities", the Lookout blog post said.

The birth rates in Hotan and Kashgar, mostly-Uighur regions, dropped by more than 60% from 2015 to 2018.

Bill Browder, CEO of investment fund Hermitage Capital Management and brainchild of the Magnitsky Act, asked the US government to level sanctions against Chinese officials, calling the birth control campaign part of a broader assault he called "vile persecution".

Former detainees in internment camps in Xinjiang said they were given injections that stopped their periods, or caused unusual bleeding consistent with the effects of birth control drugs.

The campaign, Zenz said, likely aimed to sterilize rural minority women with three or more children, as well as some with two children-equivalent to at least 20 percent of all women of childbearing age.

China's ambassador to the U.N.in Geneva, Chen Xu, told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday that Beijing categorically rejects what he called "groundless accusations against China on the Hong Kong and Xinjiang issues" made by some countries due to political motives.

State Department officials said the Chinese government is already expanding its system of oppression in Xinjiang to other parts of the country.

The Munich-based World Uyghur Congress (WUC) exile group said that the worldwide community can no longer stand by while evidence mounts against the Chinese government of its rights violations in the XUAR. That campaign in turn was linked to a years-long iPhone-based phishing campaign that also targeted Chinese minority activists.

According to a report by the Associated Press published on Monday, women in Xinjiang have faced exorbitant fines and threats of internment for breaching childbearing limits.

"God bequeaths children on you". To prevent citizens from having kids is unfair, stated Omirzakh, who tears up even as of now thinking return to that day. "They want to destroy us as a people".

"The media report is purely for ulterior motives and baseless".

He also applauded China's transparency on handling Xinjiang's issue.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian fired back on Tuesday by calling Pompeo "a brazen liar", saying the Uighur population had more than doubled since 1978 in response to criticism of Xinjiang's birth control policies.

"These findings raise serious concerns as to whether Beijing's policies in Xinjiang represent, in fundamental respects, what might be characterized as a demographic campaign of genocide", Zenz concludes, citing Article II of the U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which includes "imposing measures meant to prevent births within the [targeted] group".

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