mandag 3. august 2020

Uyghur Women, Rarely Informed About Forced Birth Control Procedures, Suffer Lifelong Complications

Uyghur women who are forced to undergo birth control procedures in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are rarely informed about their side effects, and regularly experience lifelong health complications they believe are related to the surgeries, according to sources in exile.

Several Uyghur women who were required by authorities in the XUAR to have intrauterine devices (IUDs) implanted or undergo tubal ligation surgeries as part of family planning policies detailed their experiences to RFA’s Uyghur Service. They described in recent interviews painful procedures that left them both physically and emotionally scarred, and suggested such measures are part of a bid by the government to eradicate their ethnic group.

Their stories follow a June 29 report about a dramatic increase in recent years in the number of forced sterilizations and abortions targeting Uyghurs in the region, which the author, German researcher Adrian Zenz, said may amount to a government-led campaign of genocide under United Nations definitions.