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The War on the Uyghurs

China's Internal Campaign against a Muslim Minority

Sean R. Roberts

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How China is using the US-led war on terror to erase the cultural identity of its Muslim minority in the Xinjiang region

Within weeks of the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, the Chinese government warned that it faced a serious terrorist threat from its Uyghur ethnic minority, who are largely Muslim. In this explosive book, Sean Roberts reveals how China has been using the US-led global war on terror as international cover for its increasingly brutal suppression of the Uyghurs, and how the war's targeting of an undefined enemy has emboldened states around the globe to persecute ethnic minorities and severely repress domestic opposition in the name of combatting terrorism.

Of the eleven million Uyghurs living in China today, more than one million are now being held in so-called reeducation camps, victims of what has become the largest program of mass detention and surveillance in the world. Roberts describes how the Chinese government successfully implicated the Uyghurs in the global terror war—despite a complete lack of evidence—and branded them as a dangerous terrorist threat with links to al-Qaeda. He argues that the reframing of Uyghur domestic dissent as international terrorism provided justification and inspiration for a systematic campaign to erase Uyghur identity, and that a nominal Uyghur militant threat only emerged after more than a decade of Chinese suppression in the name of counterterrorism—which has served to justify further state repression.

A gripping and moving account of the humanitarian catastrophe that China does not want you to know about, The War on the Uyghurs draws on Roberts's own in-depth interviews with the Uyghurs, enabling their voices to be heard.

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Imperialism, Collective punishment, Death threat, Extrajudicial killing, Xinhai Revolution, Counter-terrorism, Internment, Definitions of terrorism, Extremism, Political violence, War, Terrorism, Persecution, Oppression, Racial profiling, Warfare, Waqf, Chechens, War in Afghanistan (2001–14), World war, Aftermath of World War II, Islamophobia, Resentment, Threat (computer), Foreign policy of the United States, Smuggling, Islamism, United Kingdom withdrawal from the European Union, Abuse of power, Enemy combatant, Historical trauma, Refugee, Martial law, War in Afghanistan (2015–present), Nazi concentration camps, Counter-insurgency, Prisoner of war, Insurgency, Caucasus Mountains, Chechnya, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, Beslan school siege, Political campaign, Bishkek, Mass murder, Gulag, Unlawful combatant, Interpol, Uyghur language, Anti-imperialism, Separatism, Suicide attack, Mass shooting, Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Sino-Soviet split, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Military strategy, Uyghur Khaganate, Nikita Khrushchev, Xinjiang, Lawyer, Suppression of dissent, China–United States relations, Kyrgyz language, War crime, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Jihadism, July 2009 Ürümqi riots, Proxy war, United States State Department list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations, Succession of states, Three Evils, Al-Qaeda, United States invasion of Afghanistan, Dissolution of the Soviet Union, Modern warfare, Militant, Mass incarceration, Diplomatic mission, War on Terror, Cultural genocide, Salafi movement, Uyghurs, Central Asia, People's war, International sanctions, Spyware, Combatant, Jisr al-Shughur, Hate crime, United Arab Emirates, Assassination, Political criticism, Dungan Revolt (1862–77), Uyghur nationalism, Political statement, Kuomintang, Decolonization, World Uyghur Congress, Struggle (TV series)