Infographics: Fact Check: Lies vs. Truths on Xinjiang-related Issues 1
Xinjiang-related issues are not about human rights, ethnicity or religion, but about combating violent terrorism and separatism. The Chinese government has launched anti-terrorism and de-radicalization efforts in Xinjiang in accordance with the law to protect people's lives, which has garnered ardent support of people from all ethnic groups. People in the region continue to embrace peace and prosperity and Xinjiang society continues to develop steadily. These facts are the most powerful tool to debunk lies surrounding Xinjiang.
We have chosen some typical Xinjiang-related rumors and lies fabricated by anti-China forces, and debunked them with facts to set the record straight.
Lie No. 1: Mike Pompeo claimed that the Chinese government had committed "genocide" against Uygurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.
Fact check: In recent years, the Uygur population in Xinjiang has been growing steadily.
From 2010 to 2018, the Uygur population in Xinjiang rose from 10.17 million to 12.72 million, an increase of 2.55 million or 25.04%. The growth rate of the Uygur population is not only higher than that of Xinjiang's total population, which is 13.99%, but also higher than that of all ethnic minority groups, which is 22.14 percent, let alone the Han population's 2%.
Lie No. 2: Adrian Zenz released reports claiming Xinjiang has carried out "forced sterilization" on the Uygur women, resulting in a sharp decline in the Uygur population.
Fact check: The so-called "expert on China studies" is in fact a member of the far-right group "Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation" sponsored by the U.S. government, an anti-China organization member and a notorious racist.
While he claims that 80% of the new IUD insertion procedures in China for 2018 were performed in Xinjiang, the real statistics from China Health Statistics Yearbook 2019 was 328,475, accounting for only 8.7% of China's total.
Lie No. 3: BBC Newsnight once reported that Zumrat Dawut (Zamira Dawut) was "forced to go through sterilization" in a vocational education and training center.
Fact check: Zamira Dawut has never studied in any vocational education and training center. Her elder brother Abduhelil Dawut has previously clarified that.
She claimed that she was forced to be sterilized in a center where her uterus was removed because she has already had three children. In fact, in March 2013, Zamira Dawut signed a childbirth consent form voluntarily to have a cesarean section and tubal ligation operation. She was never forced to go through sterilization, not to mention uterus removal.
-- She claimed that her aging father was repeatedly detained and investigated by Xinjiang authorities, and died not long ago from an unknown cause. In fact, her father had been living with his children until he died from heart disease on Oct. 12, 2019. He had never been investigated or placed in detention. Her brothers Abduhelil Dawut and Elkin Dawut have both substantiated the facts.
-- She claimed that she was served with pork in a relative's home. In fact, the alleged relative was her elder brother’s pairing relative Zhao Qilin in an ethnic unity program. The meal was prepared by Zhao's mother, who only eats halal food as an ethnic Hui and a Muslim. It was impossible for her to provide a "pork meal."
Lie No. 4: In interviews with foreign media, Mihrigul Tursun said that she was forced to take unknown medications in a vocational education and training center and was diagnosed as infertile by American doctors.
Fact check: Mihrigul Tursun was held in criminal detention by the public security bureau of Qiemo County on suspicion of inciting ethnic hatred and discrimination from April 21 to May 10, 2017, and was found to have infectious diseases such as syphilis during the period. Tursun has never studied in any vocational education and training center, nor has she been forced to take medications. There are no records of her undergoing a sterilization procedure in China.[ Editor: JYZ ]