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China forces birth control on Uighurs to suppress population

June 30, 2020 5:19 pm
Uighur security personnel patrol near the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in western China's Xinjiang region. [Source: Associated Press]

The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities.

This as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country’s Han majority to have more children.

While individual women have spoken out before about forced birth control, the practice is far more widespread and systematic than previously known, according to an AP investigation based on government statistics, state documents and interviews with 30 ex-detainees, family members and a former detention camp instructor.

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The campaign over the past four years in the far west region of Xinjiang is leading to what some experts are calling a form of “demographic genocide.”

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