The Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs as well as the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) the have published a significant research paper revealing the scale of the People’s Republic of China’s transnational repression of Uyghurs for over three decades, as well as how many countries around the world have been complicit in the persecution of Uyghur Muslims.
The report “No Space Left to Run: China’s Transnational Repression of Uyghurs” accounted for incidents of international exploitation of Uyghur Muslims by Communist China and accumulatedthat kind of cases in its Transnational Suppression of Database of Uyghur.The research also details how China’s government engages in extensive transnational repression, making Uyghurs around the world specific targets of state control outside China’s boundaries.
Uyghurs are a Turkish-Muslim ethnic group who live in Xinjiang, China’s westernmost administrative area, which is bordered by Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. The authorities and the indigenous ethnic Uighur population of China’s Xinjiang autonomous province have a long history of conflict.
According to study, China besieged Uyghur Muslims outside its borders in order to quiet them
This research demonstrates how China uses Uyghurs outside of China to stifle criticism. The Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs has studied examples of China’s transnational repression of Uyghurs in collaboration by means of the Uyghur Human Rights Project in order to compile a complete analysis of the magnitude and scope of China’s global repression of Uyghurs.
The report details the Chinese government’s global reach, which includes 28 countries. From 1997 to March 2021, the researchers looked at 1,546 examples of major human rights abuses on foreign soil, providing crucial insight into the scale and growth of China’s long-standing efforts to control and oppress Uyghurs outside national borders.
According to the research, as a minimum 28 nations throughout the world are participating in China’s pestering and persecution of Uyghurs, with 647 cases in the Middle East and North Africa and 665 cases in South Asia. There are 1,151 examples of Uyghurs being held in their host nation, and 395 cases of Uyghurs being expelled, banished, or returned to China in the dataset.
The research warned the world about China’s growing transnational persecution of Uyghurs in their report, noting that repression against them has intensified substantially since the start of its mass surveillance system in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in 2017. According to the academics, there is a link between domestic and international repression.
According to a report, at least 28 countries are participating in China’s repression of Uyghurs
Between 1997 and 2007, 89 Uyghurs from nine countries, predominantly in South and Central Asia, were imprisoned or transported to China in the first step. 130 people from 15 nations were repressed in the second phase, which lasted from 2008 to 2013.The researchers have recorded a total of 1,327 individual incidents of Uyghur incarceration in at least 20 countries throughout the ongoing third phase, which runs from 2014 to the end of our data collecting in March 2021.
International organisations and foreign governments, particularly those with close political and economic relations to China, are accused of complicity in China’s usage of transnational repression in contradiction ofUyghurs, several of whom have required sanctuary in these nations, according to the report.According to the academics, China’s international repression of Uyghurs is part of a larger global authoritarianism trend that threatens to weaken democratic values around the world.
Stopping China’s transnational repression, according to the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) and Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs, is a moral imperative and critical to maintaining state sovereignty and the integrity of international organisations like Interpol and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The research group also asked the host countries to take real actions to fight China’s cross-border persecution of Uyghurs and other vulnerable communities. This research also examines transnational repression, as well as the important actors and tactics employed by the Chinese government to maintain its suppression.
Researchers call on the international community to acknowledge Uyghur persecution and propose measures to combat it.
The Oxus Society and UHRP urge the following measures be taken by host nations and international organisations as a whole to oppose China’s global repression.
Foreign governments should refuse to extradite Uyghurs, boost refugee and emigration quotas, and prohibit networks of facilitators, such as tech corporations and diaspora groups and organisations that function as fronts for the Chinese government, according to the Oxus Society and UHRP.
Furthermore, international organisations and host nations must stop complicity in acts of transnational repression, especially by banning enabling networks and the export of surveillance technologies used to track and control Uyghurs and other vulnerable people.
According to the research, the international community should improve refugee resettlement programmes by raising quotas and streamlining procedures to allow Uyghurs to flee countries that collaborate with China. The report suggested the host countries to increase responsibility by increasing the price of engaging on transnational repressive activities.
Because it relies solely on publicly reported and authenticated incidents of repression, the Oxus Society database is only the tip of the iceberg. Unreported cases of violations, as well as examples of less serious human rights abuses, would almost certainly raise these figures significantly.
China’s maltreatment of Uyghur Muslims
China has long been chastised for allegedly mistreating Uyghur Muslims and incarcerating them in large-scale detention centres. China has also been accused of repressing Uyghur Muslims and meddling with their religious activities. For a long time, Chinese oppression of Uyghur Muslims has been well documented.Chinese police had previously established a clothing code for Uyghur women, prohibiting Muslim women from wearing long dresses. Last year, photographs surfaced on social media showing police ripping Uyghur women’s clothes because they were “too long.”According to reports, Han males are sleeping in the same bed as Uyghur Muslim women in China, whose male family members, often husbands, are imprisoned in “re-education camps” as per the Chinese regime’s decree.