The Chinese government is forcibly sterilizing as many as 80 Uyghur women daily, sometimes without telling them, a former Chinese doctor told a Japanese news outlet this month.
Japan Forward reports the gynecologist, identified only as Gülgine, 47, lives in Turkey now but asked that the news outlet not share more about her identity for fear that the Chinese Communist Party would punish her relatives who still live in China.
“On some days, there were about 80 surgeries to carry out, forced sterilizations,” Gülgine said.
Her story adds to the reports of mass genocide, forced abortions and sterilizations, mass internment, torture and other abuses of the Uyghurs and other minority groups by the Chinese government. Chinese communist leaders have denied these human rights abuses, but many American and European leaders have condemned the country’s actions as evidence grows.
Gülgine said she used to work in the Xinjiang region of China and performed many sterilizations on Uyghur women. She said some women did not know that they were being sterilized.
“A lot of women were put on the back of a truck and sent to the hospital,” she told the news outlet. “The [sterilization] procedure took about five minutes each, but the women were crying because they did not know what was happening to them.”
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At a hospital in Urumqi, she said she and other doctors inserted intrauterine devices (IUDs) in women’s wombs.
“I understood the meaning of the surgery, but I later learned that it was a policy for the Uyghur, and I too was sterilized,” she said.
Here’s more from the report:
Other Uyghur women who fled to Istanbul because they couldn’t stand living in the autonomous region have sometimes gone to talk to Gülgine, complaining that they cannot have children. She has examined more than 150 so far, but many don’t know they have been sterilized, and some women start crying in anger when she explains what has happened to them.
If the IUD is left in the womb for a long time, it could adhere to the surrounding tissue, making it difficult to remove without breaking a bone. It could also cause infection and cancer, and some women have experienced mental health problems.
Other doctors who fled China have reported similar abuses. One who also moved to Turkey admitted to participating in nearly 600 forced abortions, forced sterilizations and other coercive family planning measures to curtail the Uyghur population in China, The Daily Mail reports.
At least 1 million Uyghurs have been placed in “re-education” camps since in 2017, PBS News reports. And, according to the AP, one of the main reasons for their detention is having too many children.
In March, a report written by more than 50 international human rights experts estimated that about 2 million Uyghurs have been “eradicated” by the Chinese Communist Party in the past eight years, Forbes reports.
The independent report adds to growing evidence of massive human rights abuses in China, ones that pro-life leaders have been warning about for years. Among these are “systematic forced abortions” through all nine months of pregnancy, which China “explicitly admits the purpose … is to ensure that Uyghur women are ‘no longer baby-making machines,’” according to the report.
The human rights experts said the Chinese Communist Party is violating “each and every act” prohibited in the United Nations Genocide Convention.
Another former Chinese obstetrician, Hasiyet Abdulla, who now lives in Turkey recently told Radio Free Asia about the forced abortions and infanticide that she witnessed in Xinjiang hospitals.
“There were babies born at nine months who we killed after inducing labor,” she said.
Last year, the Trump administration issued multiple sanctions against China. Former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the United States will use “the full breadth of its financial powers to hold human rights abusers accountable in Xinjiang and across the world.”