Mass rape and sexual abuse: the Chinese Communist Genocide Tool to Eliminate Faith

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Reenactment of one of the brutal torture methods employed by the CCP officials to coerce female Falun Gong adherents to renounce their faith.

In the recent past, a number of previously detained Uyghurs have also described similar harrowing tales of torture and rape in the Xinjiang camps.

Gulbakhar Jalilova, a Uyghur and Kazakhstan national who was detained in an all-female camp for 15 months in 2017, told the Chinese news team that rape occurred daily in the camps. “Young girls are taken away and raped all night long. If you keep resisting, they’re going to inject you and kill you,” Jalilova said.

In 2019, Sayragul Sauytbay of Kazakh descent, who was forced to teach Chinese language in the camp, told Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper, that she had witnessed a female detainee being raped by police “one after the other” in front of 200 inmates. The incident had left Sauytbay traumatised.

“While they raped her, they checked to see how we reacted,” said Sauytbay to Haaretz. “People who turned their heads or closed their eyes, and those who looked angry or shocked, were taken away, and we never saw them again. It was horrible.

“I will never forget the sense of helplessness, of not being able to help her. It was hard for me to sleep at night after that.”

Sexual Abuse of Other Spiritual Believers
Besides targeting Uyghur Muslims, the CCP also employs such horrible methods of torture against Falun Gong practitioners, Buddhists, and Christians.

Falun Gong female adherents are routinely subjected to sexual abuse and rape for not renouncing their faith. Falun Gong (or Falun Dafa) is a spiritual meditation discipline based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, tolerance; it is freely practised by more than 100 million people worldwide, but it has been violently persecuted in China since July 1999.
At the notorious Masanjia Forced Labor Camp in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, 18 female practitioners were thrown into the male cells and the guards encouraged the prisoners to rape their spiritual adherents, Minghui.org reported. No one was exempt from these abuses, whether elderly or young.

In 2001, Zou Jin, 70, of Changsha City, Hunan Province, was raped at the Changsha City First Detention Center and sentenced to nine years before she died. A 9-year-old girl, who was the orphan child of a Falun Gong practitioner, was raped at Changping Mental Hospital in Beijing in 2002. “Her screams and her cries were heart-wrenching,” the Minghui.org report said.

The report also stated that the authorities had forced pregnant practitioners to abort their unborn babies, beat them and shocked them with electric batons that eventually led to miscarriage.

Neither the CCP has shown any leniency in abusing Buddhist nuns or Christians.

The Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy reported on the personal account of an anonymous Tibetan monk who was detained for four months in a re-education centre in Sog County, Tibet Autonomous Region, in 2017. The monk recounted seeing nuns sexually abused after participating in military drills.

“Many nuns would have lost consciousness during [military] drills,” the monk wrote. “Sometimes the officers would take the unconscious nuns inside where I saw them… groping all over their body.”

“Who knows what they did to the nuns?” The monk was writing.

Citing the sexual abuse account of a Chinese Christian, Massimo Introvigne, editor-in-chief of Bitter Winter Magazine, wrote that Jiang Guizhi, a member of The Church of the Almighty God in China, was raped by policemen and later died of severe torture.

In 2019, the Association for the Defense of Human Rights and Religious Freedom (ADHRRF) reported a more detailed account of Jiang’s torture. After being repeatedly asked by a cellmate, Jiang revealed that “the police had taken her to a private room in a hotel where she had been interrogated, raped, and stuffed inside her vagina,” the ADHRRF reported.

Sexual Abuse of Uyghurs

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To condemn the serious violations of human rights by the CCP, the Trump-era administration said on January 19, 2021 that the Communist regime committed “genocide” and “crimes against humanity” in its repression of the Uyghurs Muslims.

Mike Pompeo, then US Secretary of State, said in a statement that the CCP had incarcerated more than a million Uyghurs, subjecting them to forced labour, forced sterilisation, and torture.

“After careful consideration of the facts available, I have determined that the PRC [People’s Republic of China], under the leadership and control of the CCP, has committed genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang,” Pompeo said. He added, “I believe this genocide is ongoing and we are witnessing a systematic attempt by the Chinese party-state to destroy Uyghurs.”

Two weeks later, the BBC published a detailed report on systematic sexual torture in Xinjiang’s tightly guarded re-education network. The report, based on first-hand interviews with a number of Uyghurs who had previously been detained in prison camps, revealed the torture and gang-rape horrors they witnessed or lived through.
Tursunay Ziawudun, 42, who fled to the United States after escaping from Xinjiang after her release, told the BBC about the sexual abuses she experienced and witnessed while being held for nine months in China’s Xinjiang secret camps.

Ziawudun, who is married to a Kazakh and returned to Xinjiang for work in 2016 after five years in Kazakhstan, described how she was shocked by the electric baton and “three times gang-raped,” the BBC reported.

“The woman took me to the room next to where the other girl was taken,” Ziawudun told the BBC. “They had an electric stick, I didn’t know what it was, and it was pushed inside my genitals, torturing me with an electric shock.”

“They’re not only rape, they’re also biting all over your body, you don’t know if they’re human or animal,” she said. “They spared no part of the body, they bit everywhere, leaving horrible marks. It was awful to look at it. (…) […] And it’s not just one person who is tormenting you, not just one predator. They were two or three men each time.”

Speaking to Fox News, Ziawudun said, “Any woman under the age of 40 has been raped. Everyone in the camp had this experience… I’ve also been beaten—I’ve been kicked and stamped on—so much on my private parts that I’ve been bleeding, and since then I’ve had to remove my ovaries.”

BBC report said that even the elderly women who had been detained had not been spared. Ziawudun recalled that an elderly Uyghur woman had been humiliated.

“The old lady was stripped of everything, leaving her with only her underwear. She was so embarrassed that she was trying to cover herself with her arms,” Ziawudun told BBC. “I cried so much watching the way she was treated. Her tears were like the rain.”
Ziawuden’s claims were backed by Qelbinur Sedik, an Uzbek woman from Xinjiang who was forced to teach Chinese language to internees. Sedik told the BBC that the camp policewoman had confirmed, after Sedik had secretly asked her, that sexual abuse was indeed taking place in the camps.

“Yes, rape has become a culture of life. They’re gang rape, and the Chinese police not only rape them, but also electrocute them. They are subject to horrible torture,” Sedik recalled the words of the policewoman.

Gulzira Auelkhan, another Kazakh woman from Xinjiang who had been forced to help the camp guards by stripping women, also confirmed to the BBC that gang rape is common in the camps.

“They forced me to take off the women’s clothes and restrain their hands and leave the room,” Auelkhan said. “You can’t tell anybody what happened… It is designed to destroy the spirit of all.”
In the recent past, a number of previously detained Uyghurs have also described similar harrowing tales of torture and rape in the Xinjiang camps.

Gulbakhar Jalilova, a Uyghur and Kazakhstan national who was detained in an all-female camp for 15 months in 2017, told The Epoch Times that rape occurred daily in the camps. “Young girls are taken away and raped all night long. If you keep resisting, they’re going to inject you and kill you,” Jalilova said.

In 2019, Sayragul Sauytbay of Kazakh descent, who was forced to teach Chinese language in the camp, told Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper, that she had witnessed a female detainee being raped by police “one after the other” in front of 200 inmates. The incident had left Sauytbay traumatised.

“While they raped her, they checked to see how we reacted,” said Sauytbay to Haaretz. “People who turned their heads or closed their eyes, and those who looked angry or shocked, were taken away, and we never saw them again. It was horrible.

“I will never forget the sense of helplessness, of not being able to help her. It was hard for me to sleep at night after that.”

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