Uyghurs and other minorities who have spoken out against China’s treatment of ethnic groups say they feel vindicated by a UN report describing it as potentially crimes against humanity.
For exiled Uyghurs, UN report is long-awaited vindication
When Zumret Dawut heard that the UN had declared that China’s crackdown in its far-western Xinjiang region might constitute crimes against humanity, she burst into tears.
Her mind flashed back to her cellmates in the camp she was detained in, to her father who died while in Xinjiang police custody. She felt vindicated.
“I felt there was justice, that there are people who care in this world,” she said. “I felt like our testimonies, our efforts to raise awareness have finally paid off.”
For Dawut and other camp survivors now outside China, the UN’s report on mass detentions and other rights abuses against Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim ethnic groups in Xinjiang was the culmination of years of advocacy, a welcome acknowledgement of abuses they say they faced at the hands of the Chinese state.