In an absurd attempt to disprove the genocide in Xinjiang, China’s foreign ministry spokesman came out to attack a Uighur woman who escaped from concentration camps and gave her testimony to the BBC about the atrocities the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is committing against this ethnic minority in China.
According to a Daily Mail report, Wang Wenbin, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman at one of his press conferences last week showed the photos of two Uyghur women who escaped from China to tell their ordeal, and in addition to saying that their accounts were “lies and rumors” he also showed their alleged medical records proving their fertility (Uighur have denounced the CCP is forcibly sterilizing the women).
Apparently for the Chinese Communist authorities, defaming the Uighur women who have risked their lives to expose the evil of the CCP is a way of denying the genocide.
A Xinjiang government official said of another witness last month, “Everyone knows about her inferior character. She’s lazy and likes comfort, her private life is chaotic, her neighbors say that she committed adultery while in China.”
In another instance in January Xinjiang authorities also said that one of the women who had spoken to Western media had syphilis, and showed pictures of her medical records, directly insinuating that her complaint is invalid because she has a sexually transmitted disease.
But the tactic of CCP officials is always as absurd as it is perverse: It is precisely the allegations of these Uighur women that they were gang raped, so it is highly probable that the sexually transmitted diseases were caused by the same Chinese policemen who perpetrate this inhuman barbarism.
The harsh account of the witness
Tursunay Ziawudun, gave her harsh testimony to the BBC on Feb. 2, about her stay in the Uighur concentration camps in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
Ziawudun recalled how guards in these prisons would take women to a “dark room” where there were no cameras to gang rape them, a torture previously reported and documented by Falun Dafa practitioners also persecuted for their faith since 1999.
She recalled the painful moment when she was taken to that room to be sexually tortured after having subdued a young girl just 21 years old.
“The woman took me to the room next to where the other girl had been taken in. They had an electric stick, I didn’t know what it was, and it was pushed inside my genital tract, torturing me with an electric shock.”
Ziawudun related that many Uighur women after going through the torture of gang rape stopped talking and were left with a blank stare seriously affected.
“The girl became completely different after that, she wouldn’t speak to anyone, she sat quietly staring as if in a trance,” Ziawudun said. “There were many people in those cells who lost their mind.”
From denying genocide to trying to justify it
As more lawmakers around the world put pressure on the CCP over the genocide against Uighurs, Chinese authorities shifted their narrative from denying that Uighur concentration camps exist to trying to justify them by saying they are education centers where Muslim “terrorists” are “re-educated.”
However, the narrative collapsed as quickly as it was created.
James Millward, a professor of Chinese history at Georgetown University and an expert on the politics of Xinjiang, said, “One reason that the Communist Party is so concerned about these testimonies from women is because it undermines their initial premise for what they’re doing there, which is anti-terrorism.”
He said, “The fact that there are so many women in the camps … who don’t have the faintest appearance of being violent people, this just shows how this has nothing to do with terrorism.”
Hopefully the days of the CCP lying to the world openly and getting away with it, are over.