Jan 10, 2021

Twitter deletes China embassy's Xinjiang 'emancipation' tweet

Twitter has deleted a post from China's US embassy which claimed Uighur women had had their minds "Emancipated" by their policies in Xinjiang. Beijing is alleged to have forced many Uighur women to be sterilised or fitted with contraceptive devices, apparently to control population growth. The tweet, published on Thursday, also claimed that Uighur women were "More confident and independent" as a result of "Reproductive health" being "Promoted" to them. The original tweet had linked to an article by China Daily, a state-run newspaper, which alleged the eradication of extremism in Xinjiang "Had given Uighur women more autonomy when deciding whether to have children". Last year, a report by China scholar Adrian Zenz alleged Uighur and other ethnic minority women were being threatened with internment in camps for refusing to abort pregnancies that exceeded birth quotas.

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