In a tweet sent out by the Chinese embassy on Tuesday, the Chinese government defended its policies against Muslim Uighur women in the country’s westernmost province. The Chinese government has been accused of mass sterilization of Uighur Muslim women, among other heinous crimes perpetrated among its Muslim population.
Chinese government claims its policies have liberated Uighur Muslim women
In the new deleted tweet, the U.S.-Chinese embassy stated that a new state report showed that the government’s policies led to the liberation of the Uighur women.
“Study shows that in the process of eradicating extremism, the minds of Uygur women in Xinjiang were emancipated and gender equality and reproductive health were promoted, making them no longer baby-making machines. They are more confident and independent.”
The tweet gathered huge backlash on Twitter, with many people calling for the social media platform to remove the tweet.
Chinese state report claims that its policies have also led to a reduction in terrorism
In the report shared by the tweet, the Chinese government claims that the “decrease in the birthrate and natural population growth rate in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region in 2018 resulted from the eradication of religious extremism.”
The article was published by China daily, the largest Chinese Communist Party-owned English language newspaper with circulation worldwide.
The study also attributed the decrease in population growth to family planning programs and increased education, which religious extremism “incited people to resist.”
However, experts believe Uighur women in China are undergoing forced sterilization.
“They keep trying to get out of the accusations of genocide,” said Adrian Zenz, senior fellow in China Studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.
“We first thought that internment and strict enforcement of family planning was greatly depressing population growth rates in Uighur regions, but then the shocker came when I dug deep and found plans to reduce natural birth or natural population growth to near zero by 2020.” He added.