Chinese Embassy Tweet on Uyghur Women Sparks Controversy

A Tweet from the Chinese embassy sparked controversy. It’s about women from the Uyghur ethnic group in Xinjiang.

The post praises China’s policy regarding the Uyghur Muslim ethnic minority in its northwestern Xinjiang region. In the tweet, the embassy described China’s so-called “re-education program” as a process working to eradicate extremism.

These programs have been found to involve suppressing Uyghurs from practicing their faith, removing them from their homes, placing them in re-education camps, and even sterilizing Uyghur women.

The embassy continued to say that the policy is allowing Uyghur women in Xinjiang to think more freely—adding China’s promotion of gender equality and reproductive health has allowed them to be more than baby-making machines.