Infographics: Fact Check: Lies vs. Truths on Xinjiang-related Issues 3
Lie No. 9:China systematically transferred 80,000 Uygurs out of Xinjiang and assigned them as "forced labor" to factories in other provinces.
Fact check:Southern Xinjiang was an underdeveloped area with a low degree of industrialization and urbanization, where many people suffered from poverty due to lack of job opportunities. Local governments at all levels have taken active measures to help those in need of secure employment. These measures included creating job opportunities nearby, facilitating work in other areas in Xinjiang, or transferring work forces to other provinces and cities paired up to assist Xinjiang. Such measures have helped residents rise above poverty through employment and lead fulfilling lives.
-- Since 2018, 151,000 people in poverty-stricken families in southern Xinjiang have secured jobs away from their homes. Most of them worked in other parts of Xinjiang, while about 14,700 worked outside the region. Many earn an annual income of 45,000 yuan, several times higher than the income from farming or working in their hometowns.
Lie No. 10:Xinjiang forced a large number of Uygurs to pick cotton, contaminating the global supply chain.
Fact check:A few years ago, when cotton matured in autumn, many migrant workers from other provinces would take trains to Xinjiang to pick cotton. They were called "the cotton-picking forces." Migrant workers of various ethnic groups in Xinjiang would also go to pick cotton. These cotton pickers in and out of Xinjiang were all voluntary, and their incomes could reach over 10,000 yuan in just a month.
Lie No. 11:Xinjiang adopts an assimilation policy towards ethnic minorities in an attempt to systematically eliminate the Uygur culture.
Fact check:All ethnic groups in Xinjiang enjoy full freedom to preserve or reform their own customs and habits. Xinjiang attaches great importance to the protection and development of excellent traditional culture of all ethnic groups.
-- The cultural heritage of all ethnic groups has been protected in Xinjiang.
-- Currently, people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang use around10 spoken and written languages. Xinjiang People's Broadcasting Station offers 12 radio channels in five languages: Mandarin, Uygur, Kazak, Mongolian and Kirgiz. Primary and secondary schools in Xinjiang offer courses in ethnic minority languages, such as Uygur, Kazak, Kirgiz, Mongolian and Xibe.
Lie No. 12:Some places in Xinjiang destroyed graveyards of ethnic minority groups.
Fact check:Xinjiang has always respected the funeral and burial customs of ethnic minority groups and formulated a series of regulations and policies to protect their basic funeral and burial rights. Measures, including allocating designated land and establishing special public cemeteries, are taken for some ethnic minority groups who traditionally bury their dead in the ground. Their traditional practices such as funeral pray, burial and holding Nazer (memorial activities), are preserved.[ Editor: JYZ ]