To discredit the camp witnesses, China insults Uyghur women again.
March 2, 2021
Tahir Imin Uyghurian
Voice of Uyghur.
China has increased the aggressive campaign to push back, including explicit attacks on women who have made allegations of mistreatment.
After major media outlets in the west exposed numerous inhumane treatment of Uyghur women including the rape, sterilization, and torture in so-called “vocational schools”
Beijing focused on discrediting the female Uighur witnesses accounted for what they have gone through in the camps.
Chinese officials from the provincial level to foreign ministry have held news conferences aimed at discrediting the women who told their stories to the media. hours-long briefings, with video clips of Uyghur residents and family members reading a prepared monologue, are part of the campaign.
The camp witnesses targeted by Chinese authorities including Mihrigul Tursun, Zumret dawut, Tursunay Ziyawudun, Gulbahat Hatiwaji, and Gulbadar Jalilova, and Sayragul Sawutbay.
“To rebuke some media’s disgusting acts, we have taken a series of measures,” Xu Guixiang, the deputy head of Xinjiang’s publicity department, told a December news conference last month in Urumqi.
In such campaigns, the Chinese authorities disclosed what the officials say is private medical information and data on the women’s fertility, and accused some of “having affairs “and one of “having a sexually transmitted disease.” The Chinese officials claimed the information was evidence of bad character, negate what the women told about abuse in the Uyghur region.
One Chinese official in charge of the Xinjiang government’s propaganda department said of another witness last month: “Everyone knows about her inferior character. She’s lazy and likes comfort, her private life is chaotic, her neighbors say that she committed adultery while in China.”
Uyghur activist Asiya Amaidulla who is based in the Netherlands told the Voice of Uyghur that: These attacks on Uyghur women are the signs of the weakness of Chinese authorities which means they lost in the battle of publicity against fact-based western media.
Last week, the top spokeswoman for China’s foreign ministry, Hua Chunying, tweeted images of four named witnesses, saying they had “raked their brains for lies”, adding “they will never succeed”.