Other Chinese leaders, including President Xi Jinping, have been implicated in the crackdown on Uighur Muslims. The newly leaked documents are named Xinjiang Papers. This information has been known from the BBC report.
Authorities in China’s Xinjiang province have long been accused of cracking down on ethnic Uighurs. Human rights groups have accused China of torturing Uighur Muslims by holding them captive. In addition, the country is monitoring millions of people. Several countries, including the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands, have blamed Beijing for genocide and crimes against humanity. However, China has strongly denied the allegations. The country claims that tough measures are needed in Xinjiang to suppress terrorism and eradicate Islamic extremism. They claim that prisons are an effective way to ‘re-educate’ prisoners as part of the fight against terrorism.
The newly leaked document contains various statements by other leaders, including President Xi Jinping.
Based on their analysis, experts say senior Chinese government leaders are involved in setting up detention centers for Uyghur Muslims and forcing them to work. Leaders of the Chinese Communist Party, including President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang, have made various statements calling for action against Uighur Muslims. And on the basis of those statements, strict policies have been formulated targeting Uyghurs and other Muslims. These include forcible detention, mass infertility, forcing the majority to follow the culture, re-education and forcing the detained Uyghurs to work in various factories.
The BBC reports that some of the information in the newly leaked document was leaked earlier. However, this time the document contains some information which has never been made public before.
The documents were presented to an independent tribunal called the Uyghur Tribunal in the United Kingdom last September. However, it has not been fully disclosed before. The tribunal has assigned three experts to verify the authenticity of the documents. They are Dr. Adrian Jange, David Tobin and James Millward. Regarding the newly leaked documents, Zeng said he had analyzed the statements there. It shows that there is a connection between the statements made by the top leaders of the Chinese government and the subsequent policy against the Uyghurs. This information is much more detailed and significant than before.
Earlier in 2019, the New York Times reported that it had received some leaked documents about the Chinese government’s treatment of Uighur Muslims. However, not all of those documents were released to the public at the time.