Starting with Emperor Nero in Rome and continuing through modern dictators such as Kim Jong Un in North Korea, Christians have faced persecution. Much of it happens with the permission of world governments. According to open doors, roughly 11 Christians die each day due to believing in Jesus. While many people know about the persecution of Christians, many don’t know about the persecution of Uighur Muslims in China
In the past decade, China has cracked down on the Uighur population in China, sending their people to concentration camps. The number of persecuted Uighur Muslims is believed to be 1.8 million across 1300 to 1400 camps where they are tortured, “re-educated” and oftentimes killed.
An escapee named Sayragul Sauytbay described how “torture – metal nails, fingernails pulled out, electric shocks – takes place in the ‘black room.’ Punishment is constant. The prisoners are forced to take pills and get injections.”
Christians have faced similar punishment in countries all across the world and should be creating an uproar for china’s treatment over this religious minority. No matter your faith, you should not be forced to give it up because the government doesn’t like it.
Since the inception of the Chinese Communist Party in 1949, there has been a push to secularize china. The government puts the country first and so distrusts religion. China actively stomps out religious freedom for both Christians and Muslims alike. A report from Christian Solidarity Worldwide said, “religious beliefs are seen as a threat to the loyalty demanded by the supreme leader so anyone holding these beliefs is severely persecuted.”
China has turned most of its anti-religiosity to the Uighur Muslims: taking and re-educating their children, turning their places of worship into clubs, destroying artwork, and burning prayer rugs.
What the Chinese government is doing is a gross violation of human rights, one of the largest of our generation. No matter your religion, you should not be ok with the government using DNA to track you and your family.
Historically, Christians have championed religious rights. Today, the church is silent. It should not matter the religion of the people who are being persecuted, the church is called to be the hands and feet of Jesus. The church needs to be calling for global outrage at the separation of families, for torture, for DNA tracking. Women are routinely raped and sexually abused in these camps. Ruqiye Perhat, a 30-year-old Uyghur woman tells of how “she was raped a number of times by guards and became pregnant twice, with both pregnancies forcibly aborted. Any woman or man under age 35 was raped and sexually abused.”
These are some practical step you can take to help the Uyghur Muslims in their fight for life:
- Use your voice and tell those who don’t know about the plight of the Uighur Muslims. Use your freedom of speech and write to the embassy in China. Share articles, videos, and petitions on our social media. One of the greatest uses of social media is to bring awareness to the masses.
- Donate to Organizations such as Uyghur Human Rights Project that is dedicated to helping protect, save, and help the suffering Uyghur population.
- Contact your local representative, and ask them what they are doing to help.
As Americans, we have unlimited ways to help. Let’s not turn a blind eye to one of the grossest human rights violations of our times.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.