Therefore during 1987, and since 1984, the Chinese government announced that the Uyghur population is 9 million, which made the Uyghurs a minority within their own homeland among 1 billion 300 million Chinese. Against their own policy for the minorities, they pursued “planned child birth” to the point that they surgically removed the girls’ uteri before they got married, sterilized men, killed the babies in the uterus when they are already full term in the pregnancy, gathered up the mothers and operated on them and removed the babies forcibly, killed the babies and then left the mothers with female reproductive organs diseases, et cetera. And did not give them the medical care that is necessary.
It did not end there. In order to destroy the Uyghur national identity completely, they used the word “terrorism,” since Uyghurs as a nation believe in Islam. The Chinese government used the opportunity of the war against terrorism as the chance to wipe out Uyghurs and assimilate them, and they had another gigantic policy to achieve that goal.
The policy is that they started to move Uyghur youths between age 7 and age 16 to the inner regions of China. This is against China’s own constitution. They sugar coated this action by saying that with the children being educated in inner cities instead of in Xinjiang, the kids would have job security. They said there would be no tuitions for the Uyghur kids. This was just the first stage of assimilating the Uyghurs. In 2003, right after they achieved that, using the excuse of bilingual policy, they forced students, from kindergartners to university students, not to use their mother language, not to read their native literature, not to read their own native alphabets. And they achieved this goal.
Against their own policies for Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, as it states that each nation speaks its own language, each ethnicity practices its own religion. Because the language of each autonomous region is the language of the local ethnic people, the Chinese government restricted our language and banned people to speak their native language. It was not really a bilingual education system. In reality, the teachers, professors, intellectuals who didn’t speak Chinese got kicked out of the schools or forcefully retired.
Anyone who spoke against this unfairness was labeled as nationalist, separatist, and even terrorist and was incarcerated, faced harsh sentences and even execution. They lied to the world just like that. While Uyghurs were facing such torments, using the world economy opportunity, using the world terrorism movement opportunity, in 2006 the Chinese introduced a policy that has never happened in any other part of the world to any other nations. What is this policy?
The policy is that they started to take Uyghurs’ innocent young girls to the Chinese regions with the excuse of giving them jobs. The Chinese government made such a policy. What did the Chinese government say? They have said that it is the government’s policy that young unmarried Uyghur girls – girls who are 14 to 25 years old – must go to inner Chinese cities and work there. There is petroleum, natural gas, and cotton, and millions of Chinese. Chinese girls and men come to East Turkistan and work there. There were many questions being asked, such as why, if our girls don’t speak any Chinese, are they forced to travel to the inner cities of China and get treated like they are in jail, being used as cheap slaves.
If anyone opposed that, if anyone didn’t allow their daughters to go, then they were either arrested or their personal properties were taken away. For example, the Yengisar, Payziwat, and Yopurgha prefectures have so many people being incarcerated for this reason. Currently, the Chinese claim our population is 9 million 600 thousand. From 2006 until now, 400,000 young Uyghur girls between ages 14 and 25 were taken to the Chinese inner cities, according to the Chinese report.