By Rachel Witherspoon
At a time when antisemitism is on the rise in both America and around the world, the Chinese Communist Party is partaking in Nazi-esque behavior towards Uighur Muslims in their own country.
The Chinese government has long been known for its breaches of privacy in using intense surveillance of its citizens. However, for minority citizens such as the Uighur Muslims, that surveillance has gone beyond monitoring and controlling internet access or telecommunications, as they have not only utilized community members as informers, but even installed surveillance equipment inside their homes. 1 This is all to ensure they not only refrain from practicing their cherished religion or honoring their cultural traditions, but that no relics of either remain on the premises. If caught or turned in as suspected of going against the CCP and adhering in any way to their faith, they face even more brutal surveillance and hardship in concentration camps specially designed for them.
Recently released drone footage shows Uighur Muslims in neatly ordered groups with their hands bound, heads shaved, and eyes blindfolded as they await trains that will take them to the concentration camps. These concentration camps, formally called “re-education camps”, are more akin to modern day slavery camps. The US State Department estimates more than 2 million Uighurs have been detained in these camps. There, they are not only forced into slave labor for companies, they are subjected to loathsome abuses such as electrocution (an intense therapy sometimes used for ‘retraining’ the mind, other times used for torture). They are also forced to go against their religious beliefs by doing things such as drinking alcohol and eating pork. They are mocked, tortured, and forced into not just submission, but renouncing their entire belief systems.
Worse still, Uighur women are forced to adhere to strict birth control measures ranging from forced abortions to IUDs to contraceptives. The recent repeal of the One Child Policy does NOT apply to them. An estimated 500,000 children have been sent to orphanage camps after being separated from their families. This is all in an aggressive population control effort. 2
The human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims and other minorities are not contained within the boundaries of the concentration camps. Hamid Sabi provided testimony to the UN in September 2019 3 regarding the China Tribunal Report that detailed evidence of the Chinese government forcibly harvesting organs from prisoners of conscience, mainly the Uighur and Falun Gong minorities. 4In many cases, the donors were still alive when their organs began being removed. These organs were then sold to patients both in China and abroad. While there is ample evidence of this being an ongoing operation in China for years, there are no definitive numbers on how many lives have been brutally taken in this manner as the Chinese government is known for both lying and destroying any traces of evidence.
I do not think it necessary for me to explain how this is a blatant human rights atrocity that should be abhorred by the world; I think that is already abundantly clear. However, I do think it may be necessary to explain how this is all related to the CCP’s ultimate communist agenda.
All of the actions described above that the Chinese government is taking are related to its goal of the abolition of religion in China. That is a common Marxist goal for communist countries as they demand complete and total control of their citizens, and religion relinquishes control and calls to a higher power. As Karl Marx said, “The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion”. This is why China has taken such extreme measures to re-educate religious minorities to worship China’s Communist Party, instead of their respective God (persecution is also happening against Christians in China). This is is why they have enacted such vast and invasive population control methods including forced birth control and genocide.
America’s first amendment unequivocally protects the rights of citizens to practice their religion. To Americans, it is considered an essential freedom, an unalienable right. Let us use the freedom of speech we have along with it, two freedoms the citizens of China are denied under communism, to speak out against the horrors communism creates and allows.
About Rachel Witherspoon
Rachel Witherspoon is a young American graduate student with a passion for utilizing the knowledge found in economics, business, and political science to help others. She is a fierce advocate for America and an even bigger advocate for the First Amendment.