Settler Colonialism and the Path toward Cultural Genocide in Xinjiang

Michael Clarke

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    The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) is the site of the largest mass repression of an ethnic and/or religious minority in the world today characterised by extra-judicial detention of Uyghurs in 're-education' centres, pervasive surveillance, and repression of Uyghur ethnic identity. While Beijing frames such draconian measures as necessary 'counter-terrorism' measures, the intersection between concern for the 'welfare' of subject populations and the desire to eradicate 'defective' elements of cultural identity central to the 're-education' system in Xinjiang betray the fundamentally colonial nature of the Chinese Communist Party's (ccp) endeavours in the region.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)9-19
    JournalGlobal Responsibility to Protect
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2021

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