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“To Make Us Slowly Disappear”: The Chinese Government’s Assault on the Uyghurs

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Title: “To Make Us Slowly Disappear”: The Chinese Government’s Assault on the Uyghurs

Publication: November 2021

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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide released a report in November 2021, “To Make Us Slowly Disappear”: The Chinese Government’s Assault on the Uyghurs. The Chinese government’s attacks on the Uyghur community is alarming in scale and severity.

The report expresses the Museum’s grave concern that the Chinese government may be committing genocide against the Uyghurs, a Muslim community in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of northwest China. The report also details multiple crimes against humanity that the Chinese government is committing against the Uyghur population. These crimes include forced sterilization, sexual violence, enslavement, torture, forcible transfer, persecution, and imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty. 

The Museum’s findings, based on publicly available information, demonstrate that China is failing to uphold its responsibility to protect its citizens from genocide and crimes against humanity. The Chinese government must halt its attacks on the Uyghur people and allow independent international monitors to investigate and ensure that the crimes have stopped. The seriousness of the assault on the Uyghur population demands the immediate response of the international community to protect the victims.

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On November 9, 2021, we hosted a launch event with a group of experts to discuss the Chinese government’s assault on the Uyghur people and our new report detailing these crimes. The event also featured remarks from Senator Marco Rubio, Congressman Jim McGovern, Holocaust survivor Rachel Goldfarb, and Dolkun Isa, President of the World Uyghur Congress. 

Available with Chinese, English, and Uyghur captions.