China: new leaks accredit a crackdown on Uyghurs decided by Xi Jinping

Documents show that Chinese President Xi Jinping himself authorized the crackdown on the Uyghur minority in Xinjiang.

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Already in 2019, the investigation into the "Xinjiang Papers" of the

New York Times

had proved the involvement of the highest authorities in human rights violations against Uyghurs.

But a new leak includes, for the first time, orders signed by the central government. 

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The detention of over a million Uyghurs in

re-education camps

, birth control through massive sterilizations, the forced transfers of Uyghur workers to factories elsewhere in China and the criminalization of religious practices ... all these atrocities committed were commissioned and planned at the top of the State, in Beijing, estimates the researcher Adrien Zenz, after having peeled 317 pages of official documents, classified confidential for the most part. 

According to the revelations, Chinese number one Xi Jinping himself authorized the local government to pass an anti-terrorism law which then served as the basis for the opening of hundreds of re-education camps. 

"

Eradicate evil ”

In three speeches in 2014, revealed by Adrien Zenz, Xi calls religious extremism a “ 

poison

 ” and a “ 

powerful psychedelic drug

 ”.

We must therefore "

 eradicate the evil

 ", he argues, otherwise terrorist acts risk spreading " 

like cancer

 " throughout China.

Xi Jinping praises the re-education of the Uyghurs as a remedy against “ 

unhealthy thinking

 ”.

These secret documents also demonstrate that any official who did not obey orders from Beijing was severely punished. 

►Also read: The Uyghurs, a people under totalitarian surveillance

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