China accused of mass sterilisation of Muslims after confirming Uighur birth rate has dropped a THIRD in a year

China accused of mass sterilisation of Muslims after confirming Uighur birth rate has dropped a THIRD in a year

CHINA has been accused of the mass sterilisation of Muslim women, as the country confirms that birth rates in Xinjiang mysteriously plummeted by a THIRD in 2018.

The Xinjiang government said the drop in birth rates was due to "the comprehensive implementation of the family planning policy."

According to CNN, some Uighur women were being forced to use birth control and undergo sterilization as part of a deliberate attempt to push birth rates down among the minority group.

Sterilisations in Xinjiang surged between 2016 and 2018, from fewer than 50 per 100,000 people to almost 250 per 100,000.

Similarly, the use of contraceptive intrauterine devices (IUDs) has become more common in Xinjiang, with almost 1,000 new implants per 100,000 people in 2018.

It is thought that up to 2 million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are in mass detention centres in the region.

However, Beijing claims these centres are voluntary and provide vocational training.

The response said: "The rights and interests of Uyghur and other ethnic minorities have been fully protected.

"The so-called 'genocide' is pure nonsense."

According to the government, the population of Xinjiang rose by more than 3 million people, or almost 14 per cent, between 2010 and 2018, with the Uighur population "growing faster" than the region's average rate.

But the birth rate between 2017 and 2018 dropped from 15.88 per 1,000 to 10.69 per 1,000.

The 40,000 fewer babies have been attributed by the government to their family planning policy, increased education and economic development.

What’s happening in Xinjiang?

A new report released by Beijing reveals millions of people have been held in detention camps in Xinjiang.

The area is an autonomous region of China in the north-west of the huge country.

It's home to around 25million people and covers 640,000 square miles, making it the largest province in China.

However, less than ten per cent of the land is fit for human habitation.

It's been part of China since 1949, and became an autonomous region in 1955.

The area is currently the country's largest natural gas-producing region.

In recent years, claims that the province's residents are being held in detention camps have been made by journalists and human rights campaigners.

Last year, one newspaper reported that writers, artists and academics are among those imprisoned.

There are also claims that Uighurs are thrown into the camps for arbitrary reasons, like having beards or wearing veils.

The government said: "As a part of China, Xinjiang implements family planning policies in accordance with national laws and regulations, and has never formulated and implemented family planning policies for a single ethnic minority."

Although Adrian Zenz, an academic with expertise on Xinjiang, said that natural birth rates should not take place in just a few months, but should instead happen over several years.

He questioned how likely it was that 17 times more women spontaneously wanted to be sterilised in response to the surge in figures.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that up to EIGHT MILLION people have gone through "training" at state "gulags" in China, revealed by a Beijing document.

China has long been accused of using hellish torture camps to crush political dissent and persecute Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province.

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