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A report compiled at a Chinese university and published inadvertently before being removed revealed that members of the Muslim minority are also being transferred to forced labor to erase their identities: "Let them change their thinking and understanding gradually." Beijing denies allegations of genocide, saying it is part of its fight against poverty and extremism



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Through forced labor, China is trying to reduce the population of Uighurs

A report compiled at a Chinese university and published inadvertently before being removed revealed that members of the Muslim minority are also being transferred to forced labor to erase their identities: "Let them change their thinking and understanding gradually."

Beijing denies allegations of genocide, saying it is part of its fight against poverty and extremism

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Forced labor in Xinjiang province in China is intended, among other things, to reduce the population density of the Uyghur Muslim minority - according to a Chinese study published inadvertently on the Internet.

The study, authored by academics from Nankai University, was downloaded from the network in the middle of last year, but a copy of it reached researcher Adrian Zanz.

This is further evidence of the persecution of the minority by the communist regime, which is defined by some countries as genocide.



The Chinese government denies enslaving Uighurs to forced labor, claiming they are done voluntarily as part of its fight to eradicate poverty.

However, according to the report, the transfer of Uighur workers should not only "reduce the density of Uighur population in Xinjiang" but also assimilate them into society.

"Let them change their thinking and understanding gradually, and change their values ​​and way of thinking through changing the environment and through work," the report said.



The report urged the government to extend plans to provinces in central and eastern China "to meet labor requirements."

Experts stressed that the programs were "voluntary", but they also provided conflicting information, including targets for exporting workers and the need for security personnel on staff-finding teams.

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In addition, the report hinted that the authorities had gone too far in suppressing Xinjiang, making it difficult to absorb Uighur workers in other provinces out of "security considerations."

The authors said it was a "significant obstacle" to the state's goals, and that only a minority of the population had participated in violent riots in the county in past years.

These were sent to "education and training camps," China's official description of the county's detention camp network.



"The entire Uighur population should not be treated as a lawbreaker," it said.

"This has far-reaching implications for Xinjiang's long-term stability."



Erin Farrell Rosenberg, a former senior consultant at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in the United States, said an examination of the report and other materials substantiates the conclusion that forced labor in Xinjiang is consistent with crimes against humanity.



China said the report "only reflects the author's personal position and that most of its contents do not match the facts."



Beijing denies the evidence and reports of atrocities in Xinjiang, including the detention of some one million Muslims in detention camps, the sterilization of women, the destruction of cultural and religious sites and extensive surveillance.

She claims the camps were designed to provide training against Islamic extremism, and in recent weeks senior officials have publicly attacked Uighur women describing what they went through.



China said yesterday that it was holding talks on a visit by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bechelt to Xinjiang, but that it would not be aimed at condemning its policies.

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