Chinese hospitals aborted late-stage pregnancies, killed newborns in effort to eradicate Uighur culture, report says

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 18th, 2020 1:53 pm

Last Updated Oct 14th, 2020 at 3:09 pm

Hospitals in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region aborted late-stage pregnancies and killed newborn babies as part of a campaign to eradicate Uighur culture, a Uighur obstetrician told Radio Free Asia on Monday.

Since 2016, China has imprisoned at least 1 million Uighurs in hundreds of concentration camps where they are forced to abandon their heritage.

In 2017, the Chinese Communist Party passed a law limiting Uighurs and other ethnic minorities to having three children if they lived in rural areas and two if they lived in urban locations.

Hasiyet Abdulla, a Uighur obstetrician who spent 15 years working in Xinjiang hospitals, told RFA that a child who was expected to be born to a family that had reached the reproductive limit or who had given birth in the past three years, would be terminated, even if the child was "eight or nine months" old.

Abdulla also said doctors would "even kill the babies after they'd been born."

"They wouldn't give the baby to the parents — they kill the babies when they're born. It's an order that's been given from above. It's an order that's been printed and distributed in official documents. Hospitals get fined if they don't comply, so of course they carry this out," Abdulla said.

In June, the Associated Press reported that China was forcibly sterilizing Uighurs and fitting women with intrauterine devices to prevent pregnancies.

China has also been accused of harvesting Uighur body parts. Officials in Beijing have denied this claim.


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