Over the course of four years, the Chinese government has sent Uighur Muslims to “re-education camps” in which they have been brutalized, tortured, stripped of their freedoms, forced abortions, IUDs, and sterilization.

Sayregul Sauytbay was a prisoner in one of these camps. She escaped after five months.
During her time there, Sauytbay witnessed a woman get gang raped by the guards. “While they were raping her they checked to see how we were reacting. People who turned their head or closed their eyes, and those who looked angry or shocked, were taken away and we never saw them again,” said Sauytbay.

The UN declared the Chinese camps as an act genocide. . . for the first time, very specifically meets one of the five criteria set forth by the United Nations Convention for the Punishment and Prevention of the Crime of Genocide from 1948, which specifically says the suppression of birth,” Adrien Zenz said.

Conflicts within the camps have been going on for years and have been ignored. Media coverage is low. One of the most prominent: sterilization. Zenz said, “as they’re being brought to the internment camp, the first thing is that they’re told, you’re going to go on the surgery table, and we’re going to put an intrauterine contraceptive device into your body because that’s standard policy for women who are put into a camp.”

While they were raping her they checked to see how we were reacting. People who turned their head or closed their eyes, and those who looked angry or shocked, were taken away and we never saw them again

Why? China implemented a “People’s War on Terror” act in 2014. They aimed at fighting “terrorists,” but rather, used the program to enforce national surveillance and discrimination. This act became the center of justifying the acts of discrimination and mistreatment.

There has been little intervention into the proceedings of these camps. However, there is a chance since these camps have met one of four criteria for being labeled a genocide.