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Chinese being 'paid to marry' Uyghurs in ethnic cleansing plan, rights group says

Published : Thursday, 17 November, 2022 at 8:11 PM  Count : 522

A Uyghur man tries on a hat as he buys new clothes at a market in old Kashgar, Xinjiang Province, China. According to official documents, the city of Kashgar put aside 20,000 yuan annually for

A Uyghur man tries on a hat as he buys new clothes at a market in old Kashgar, Xinjiang Province, China. According to official documents, the city of Kashgar put aside 20,000 yuan annually for


Chinese people are being paid to marry Muslims in order to wipe out the Uyghur population, a human rights body has claimed, reports The Telegraph.

Local authorities are using financial incentives and blackmail to force Uyghurs and the Han majority into arranged marriages in China's western Xinjiang region, says the Uyghur Human Rights Project, a Washington-based non-profit.

Its report draws from official policy documents, social media posts and interviews with Uyghurs abroad.

Xinjiang officials have been offering cash rewards as well as housing and education subsidies, jobs and medical coverage to Uyghur women to marry Hans – as well as reportedly threatening that the women or their family could end up in internment camps if they refuse.

In one instance, officials from Kalasa village in Aksu prefecture offered 40,000 yuan ($7,500 Cdn.) to two mixed Uyghur-Han couples as part of the village's "National Unity, One Family" campaign, according to local media.

Similarly, the ancient city of Kashgar put aside 20,000 yuan annually for "ethnic intermarriage awards," according to official documents.

An Uyghur woman abroad said her neighbours "had to agree to wed their 18-year-old daughter to a Han Chinese out of fear that they could be sent to internment camps."

"The threat of detention… suggests that some measure of coercion, however indirect, is likely present in many 'new-era' Uyghur-Han interethnic marriages," the report said.

"A Uyghur woman is not in a position to reject a Han man who expresses interest in marrying her," it added.

Videos on Douyin, China's version of TikTok, show mixed Uyghur-Han wedding ceremonies featuring clearly distressed Uyghur brides.

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