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China forced Muslims in Xinjiang to be sterilised and have abortions, concludes tribunal

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 20 December 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n3124
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The People’s Republic of China is guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity in its treatment of its Uyghur minority, a UK tribunal chaired by a leading international human rights lawyer has concluded.1

The Uyghur Tribunal, based in London, said it was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that China had subjected the Muslim minority in Xinjiang to forced sterilisations and abortions, approved at the highest levels in Beijing, and was therefore guilty of genocide.

The informal “people’s tribunal” pointed out that a finding of genocide did not necessarily involve mass killing. It can be committed by top level perpetrators who commit acts with the intent …

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