China is controlling every aspect of Uyghur’s life by putting Xinjiang under a grid management system where the cities and villages are split into squares of about 500 people wherein each square has a police station for closely monitoring residents by regularly scanning identification cards, faces, DNA samples, fingerprints and cell phones. Over a million watchers have been installed in Uyghur households, rendering even intimate spaces subject to the Government’s eye
OVER the years China has remodelled its tactics to wipe out the Muslim Uyghur community. In recent years, the Beijing Government has begun using technology to conduct its own kind of genocide. By putting Xinjiang under a grid management system, China is now able to control every aspect of Uyghur’s life -- religious, familial, cultural and social, the ‘Foreign Policy’ reported. Under the grid management system, the cities and villages are split into squares of about 500 people wherein each square has a police station that closely monitors residents by regularly scanning their identification cards, faces, DNA samples, fingerprints and cell phones. “These methods are supplemented by a machine-operated system known as the Integrated Joint Operations Platform.
The system uses machine learning to collect personal data from video surveillance, smartphones and other private records to generate lists for detention. Over a million Han Chinese watchers have been installed in Uyghur households, rendering even intimate spaces subject to Government’s eye,” said Rayhan Asat and Yonah Diamond, the authors of article in ‘Foreign Policy’.
According to the Genocide Convention, genocide can be defined as specific acts against members of a group with the intent to destroy that group in whole or in part. These acts include (a) killing; (b) causing serious bodily or mental harm; (c) deliberately inflicting conditions of life to bring about the group’s physical destruction; (d) imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group and (e) forcibly transferring children of the group to another group. Ironically, China is a member of the Convention and yet continues to conduct genocide against its own ethnic community.
Citing one of the examples of atrocities being done by the Chinese Government, Rayhan Asat has recalled his brother Ekpar Asat’s torments. Ekpar was considered as a model Chinese citizen by the Communist Party for his community leadership as a “bridge builder” and “positive force” between ethnic minorities and the Xinjiang local Government. However, Asat like other Uyghurs was also put in concentration camps in 2016. He is held incommunicado and is reportedly serving a 15-year sentence on the trumped-up charge of “inciting ethnic hatred.”
Not a single court document is available about his case, Rayhan said. Among the Uyghur community, the worst sufferers are women. In 2017, the Xinjiang Government started “Special Campaign to Control Birth Control Violations,” along with specific local directives and by 2019, the Government aimed to have over 80 pc of women of childbearing age to undergo forced intrauterine devices (IUDs) and sterilisation. The goal was to achieve “zero birth control violation incidents.”