Detention left her gaunt. Freed and sent to France thanks to a pressure campaign by her family there in 2019, she was given more food by Chinese authorities before her release, so her appearance would not speak of her mistreatment.
In parting, Chinese officials warned Haitiwaji that "whatever I had witnessed in the concentration camp I should not talk about it," she said. "If I do, they will retaliate against my family back home."
The US and many other governments, the United Nations , and human rights groups accuse China of sweeping a million or more people from its Uyghur community and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minority groups into detention camps, where many have said they were tortured, sexually assaulted, and forced to abandon their language and religion.
China denies the accusations , which are based on evidence including interviews with survivors and photos and satellite images from Uyghur's home province of Xinjiang, a major hub for factories and farms in far western China.
The accusations also include draconian birth control policies , all-encompassing restrictions on people's movement and forced labour.
"For a long time, some US politicians have repeatedly used Xinjiang-related issues to stir up rumours and engage in political manipulation under the pretext of human rights, in an attempt to tarnish China's image and curb China's development," said Liu Pengyu, a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington.
The Chinese government's actions in Xinjiang were about "countering violence, terrorism, radicalization and separatism," the embassy spokesman insisted.
The early focus on the plight of Uyghurs by the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party is designed to show the Chinese government's true nature, said Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin, the committee's Republican chairman.
"They are the first-hand witnesses to the systemic, unimaginable brutality, witnesses to the attempted elimination of a people, a culture, a civilization," Gallagher said Thursday.
Between one to two million members of China's Uyghur minority have been held in mass internment centers, said Adrian Zenz, a researcher on the Xinjiang camps at the Washington-based Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.
More exact estimates are not possible, given China's concealment, Zenz said.
Expert witnesses praised US actions, including passage of a bill on forced labour and the levying of penalties on companies shown to be using the forced labor of Uyghurs. They denounced businesses and investors still profiting from suspect supply chains and possibly complicit Chinese enterprises there.
Nury Turkel, chairman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and a Uyghur-American, said crimes against humanity cannot be treated merely as an area of disagreement or an irritant in a bilateral relationship.
"Genocide is defined as an international crime for a reason," Turkel said. "Confronting is not an option," it's a necessity, she said.
And Naomi Kikoler, director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, which is affiliated with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, urged the US to start working with allies in a more comprehensive way to confront China.
"The United States alone cannot prevent these crimes," Kikoler said. "We must work with other governments, Uyghur civil society and the private sector to develop a swift, coordinated and global strategy to protect the Uyghur community. Thus far no such strategy exists."
The hearing comes following Chinese President Xi's trip to Russia to show support for President Vladimir Putin, underscoring just how badly US relations with China have deteriorated.
"What we're seeing here is increasingly a de facto alliance against America and our allies to try and undercut our interests," Gallagher said.
The formation of the special China committee this year was a top priority of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., but close to 150 Democrats also voted for the committee's creation, and its work has been unusually bipartisan so far.
"This hearing is important because what happens to the Uyghur community in China impacts Americans at home," said the committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois. "It's in the goods produced with slave labor, it's the degradation of human rights that makes the world less safe, and it's the ceaseless persecution of Uyghurs abroad that includes those living in America."
Haitiwaji, the ethnic Uyghur woman testifying before the committee, said she is speaking out because she feels an obligation to speak for those still languishing in detention centers. She is calling on lawmakers to follow the example of Canada, which has adopted a policy of accepting 10,000 Uyghur refugees from around the world.
"Please rescue Uyghur and other Turkic refugees, like Canada has done," she said in her prepared remarks. "Please stop American companies from continuing to be complicit in surveilling our people and profiting from their labour."
Universal Declaration of Human Rights The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages. The UDHR is widely recognized as having inspired, and paved the way for, the adoption of more than seventy human rights treaties, applied today on a permanent basis at global and regional levels (all containing references to it in their preambles).
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,
The General Assembly,
Proclaims this Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.
Human right and all other forms of rights nonsense are veiled colonialisation by the western nations using the dysfunctional United Nation. UN has become political.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights are the principles and targets. Just like your new year declaration or personnel goals, it may not fulfill 100% with whatever reasons but it does not mean it is useless to set the goals.
It is useless if it cannot solve issues for decades. I don't make New Year resolutions or goals to lie to myself. I make decisions base on what unfolds in the present moment. I do not like to live like a zombie thinking of the past, or dream of the future with illogical goals.
U dont make new year resolution or goals is your choice. someone may want to have it, if they try hard even though not 100% achieved it does not mean to set a goal to lie himself. And we should not comment that he dream of future with illogical goals.
The old stories (fake) kept on repeating by US or her agents don't feel irritating and tired meh ??? What i knew/heard is US Yellen is asking China to help on the bonds on the verge of collapse.
Believe or not I leave it to you. I post what I believe, you get irritating is your problem. Otherwise, u may go to communist website there is only 1 voice it may be better for u. Please ask China sell all the US bonds and buy more his brotherhood Rubles and make US dollars collaped so that RMB could replace US dollar by tomorrow.
You said i don't know, i think you are squared headed. How come the terrorism happened reeducation camp ? I meant terrorists are those caught doing terrorist acts and were sent to the reeducation camp. Note : is a reeducation and not jail. Is Jail better than reeducation. Don't misled the PPL here lah whilst Malaysia and China are still good relationship since Laksamana Cheng Ho's time.
Siily fools cant u read why terrorism happend in Uyghur reeducation camp. "Uyghur detainees held chained and shackled in cells so tiny.", Guards tortured the women by electric shocks and by gang rape, sometimes combining both. Reeducation camps intended to drain the Uyghur inmates of their language, religious beliefs and customs forced men and women into "11 hours of brainwashing lessons on a daily basis.
Fake news is fake news... 2021 South China sea breaching airspace again is old news. This week Anwar is visiting China.. I know your intentions of stirring the relationship between China and Malaysia. Likewise what US had done in Philippines whom is unwise to seek protection from US (or could be under US threatening) and be another Ukraine.
Why should Malaysia protest ??? That is how US trying to grasp a chance to intervene in other countries' affairs. This guy probably is a running of US or even CIA. Lets hope all Malaysians and all SEA countries be alert and don't let your countries falling into a war zone and cannon folder of US...
Malaysia protests presence of Chinese vessels in its waters.
Malaysia summoned the Chinese ambassador to Kuala Lumpur on Monday to express its protest against the "encroachment" into its waters by Beijing's vessels, the foreign ministry said.
The protest was over the "presence and activities" of Chinese vessels, including a survey vessel, in Malaysia's Exclusive Economic Zone off the coasts of the eastern states of Sabah and Sarawak, the ministry said in a statement on Monday. "Malaysia's consistent position and actions are based on international law, in defence of our sovereignty and sovereign rights in our waters," the foreign ministry said. Last week, media reported that a Chinese survey vessel was in Malaysian waters off the coast of Sabah, near a vessel commissioned by Malaysian state energy firm Petronas. Last year, another Chinese survey ship held a month-long standoff with an oil exploration vessel contracted by Petronas within Malaysia's exclusive economic zone. China had then said the vessel was conducting normal activities.
Malaysia's foreign ministry also said that all matters related to the South China Sea must be resolved peacefully and constructively.
"In determining Malaysia's position and course of action with regard to the South China Sea issue, which is complex and involves inter-State relations, Malaysia's national interests will remain of paramount importance," it said.
China claims almost all of the energy-rich South China Sea, through which about $3 trillion worth of ship-borne trade passes annually. Red army running dog pls ask your master stay away from Malaysia air and sea territory. Shame on you if u r a Malaysian.
Shame on you too free/with motive on meddling other countries affairs. What i am presence here is just to let other ppl to know the truth and be alert and double check on the news from other source. That is all.
Malaysia called on Thursday for disputes over the South China Sea to be resolved by peaceful means, amid a standoff between Chinese and Malaysian vessels that a U.S. think tank said had been going on for months. arrived in the South China Sea this week near an area where a Chinese government survey vessel, the Haiyang Dizhi 8, has been operating close to a drillship under contract to Malaysian state oil company Petronas, regional security sources have said. The standoff was the latest development in a series of targeted harassments by Chinese vessels of drilling operations in five oil blocks off the Malaysian coast in the past year. Since December, Chinese forces have been harassing supply ships servicing the West Capella, an oil exploration vessel operated by Petronas, Poling said. Last week, the Haiyang Dizhi 8, accompanied by a Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) vessel, entered Malaysia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and began a survey close to where the West Capella was operating.
On Thursday, the Haiyang Dizhi 8 was still within Malaysia’s EEZ, about 337 kilometres (209.4 miles) off Borneo, data from ship tracking website Marine Traffic Showed. Malaysia said on Thursday it remained committed to safeguarding its interests in the South China Sea.
“While international law guarantees the freedom of navigation, the presence of warships and vessels in the South China Sea has the potential to increase tensions that in turn may result in miscalculations which may affect peace, security and stability in the region,” Foreign Minister said in his first official remarks on the standoff.
Red army running dog pls ask your master stay away from Malaysia air and sea territory. Shame on you if u r a Malaysian.
The key to success is harmony in Xinjiang. China has put in extraordinary efforts to built a harmonious society especially in Xinjiang......in fact it is so successful, the relation between China and the Muslim world is at its strongest ever.
WASHINGTON, Mar 27) The second democracy summit, initiated by US President Joe Biden, looks at a wider range and seeks to build a united front against authoritarianism as Russia continues to invade Ukraine and China take diplomatic countermeasures. The presidents of Zambia, Costa Rica, South Korea and the Prime Minister of the Netherlands chaired the second summit with Biden. The second democracy summit, co-organized by the five countries, lasted for three days, inviting 121 leaders of countries and regions, eight more than the first summit, most of whom will participate via video link. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will participate in a dialogue on peace in Ukraine via video link on the first day of the summit.
All the brics+ will join except the 2 brothers. U may keep on denying whatever videos but u cant change the facts.
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