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China's head of state led crackdown on Uyghur Muslims, leaks find

People gather in Turkey to stage a protest against China's policies and human rights violations towards Uyghurs on 25 March 2021 [Eren Bozkurt/Anadolu Agency]
People gather to stage a protest against China's policies and human rights violations towards Uyghurs on 25 March 2021 [Eren Bozkurt/Anadolu Agency]

Newly revealed leaked documents appear to show that China's head of state is behind the atrocities being committed against Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang province.

German academic, Adrian Zenz, revealed unpublished documents which link speeches made by President Xi Jinping in 2014 to the country's racist policies against the Uyghurs, including mass internment in "re-education camps", coercive labour transfers and efforts to increase the Han population in Uyghur dominated Xinjiang.

Dr Adrian Zenz, the German academic who was asked by the Uyghur Tribunal – an independent people's tribunal based in the UK – to authenticate the documents, said the top secret and confidential papers are significant because they show multiple links between the demands of the Chinese leadership of 2014 and what subsequently happened in Xinjiang.

This, he alleges, shows that the leadership had a long-term plan to "commit cultural genocide", the Guardian reported.

China has come under increased criticism as a result of its treatment of Uyghur Muslims. In August 2018, a United Nations Human Rights Committee reported that China is holding nearly one million Uyghur Muslims in secret "re-education" camps in East Turkistan. Many return to their families weak, unable to walk and talk and showing signs of abuse.

Last September, the United Kingdom banned China's ambassador from Parliament in response to Beijing placing sanctions on MPs who spoke up about its treatment of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang province.

UK MPs: China committing 'genocide' against Uyghurs

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