Call to stand up to China over Uyghur abuse | Liverpool City Champion
Australia must resist bullying from China and denounce the superpower’s widespread use of Uyghur forced labor, according to a parliamentary inquiry.
All Uyghurs in Australia have suffered from the anguish of having loved ones imprisoned or missing for the past five years, representatives of the Australian Uyghur community told the hearing on Tuesday.
“The genocide is indisputable and is happening as we speak,” said President of the Uyghur Association of Victoria, Alim Osman.
The Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Committee is considering an import ban on goods produced using Uyghur forced labor, under a bill introduced by Independent Senator Rex Patrick.
The president of the Australian Uyghur Women’s Association of Tangritagh, Ramila Chanisheff, said people were afraid to denounce relatives who were forced, separated from their children and sent to mass labor camps.
She said China intimidates countries like Australia not to speak out and slaps them with stiff tariffs.
Committee chairman Eric Abetz criticized Australian National University scholar Jane Golley’s plan to “debunk” reports of a million Uyghur Muslims working in concentration camps in Xinjiang province.
Prof Golley downplayed reports on Xinjiang and spoke last week of an article she received “anonymously” that suggested sterilization of Uyghur women should be considered family planning.
She heads the Australian Center on China in the World, funded by ANU taxpayers.
“Damn it,” Senator Abetz said, calling his naivety in the face of “overwhelming evidence.”
“He now sheds light on other critiques from others who have sought to shed light on human rights violations in China.”
University of Colorado researcher Dr Darren Byler said Professor Golley’s plea was an example of “sowing doubt or misinformation” by China.
He testified that Uyghurs were placed on a “trustworthy” list if they used “long-term birth control”.
Nurmuhammad Majid, president of the Australian East Turkistan Association and immigration lawyer, has two sisters jailed for more than 10 years, two brothers taken to an unknown location and 58 members of his extended family lost since 2016 .
“Australia has made no significant contribution to ending the atrocities against the Uyghur people,” he said.
“Australia is now a victim of China’s policy of economic expansion.”
Mr Majid said Australian Uyghurs have also been wrongly classified as terrorists by China for sending money to family members and that 14 people – including children – have been prevented from returning to their homes. families here despite their visas.
Analyst Vicky Xu said the Chinese government views any investigation into the working conditions of Uyghur workers as “crossing a red line.”
She co-authored the Australian Strategic Policy Institute report last year, which found more than 80,000 people were transferred out of Xinjiang to work in factories across China between 2017 and 2019.
Under conditions that strongly suggest forced labor, Uyghurs and other minorities worked in factories linked to nearly 100 global brands in the tech, clothing and vehicle industries.
Mr Majid said China has established massive cotton production facilities where Uyghurs work 18 hours a day for less than 10 cents an hour.
Several witnesses told the committee that Australia’s slave labor laws did not meet what was required.
Australian Associated Press