Appeasing China, News Item, Tibet

Save The Children Stays Silent As Uyghur And Tibetan Minors Traumatized And Abused By China’s Regime

Note: This video from Bitter Winter has been featured in the context of its exposure of a major abuse of human rights perpetrated against Uyghur families and children by the Chinese regime. We have no affiliation with Bitter Wind nor share or endorse any particular religious belief which may or may not be associated with that organization.

Having just witnessed a video shot covertly inside East Turkistan (so-called Xinjiang Province) of a hugely overcrowded dormitory containing Uyghur infants (whose parents have been incarcerated into Chinese run indoctrination camps) a question came to mind. What action has the organization Save The Children taken on this issue? Surely it would be deeply concerned at thousands of children being forced from their families into what are effectively prisons, traumatized and abused, and suffering a miserable existence under a daily regime of enforced Chinese language lessons and political brainwashing?

Save The Children Stays Silent As Uyghur And Tibetan Minors Traumatized And Abused By China's Regime
Smothered in barbed-wire and CCTV the so-called ‘Kindness Kindergarden’ in Hotan city East Turkistan, detention and indoctrination center for Uyghur infants.

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Yet on running an online search we’re finding it hard to locate any concern or word of opposition from the world’s premier organization dedicated to relieving the suffering and abuse of children. What’s going down here?  Uyghur families being torn apart, children removed from their parents, sent off to brain-washing centers and detained in ‘orphanages’. Why the deafening silence from Save The Children?

The organization is deeply embedded within China, and has been collaborating with the Chinese Regime for some years. It runs projects not only in occupied East Turkistan but in Tibet also. To do so it clearly has been required to comply with the dictates of China’s totalitarian government, which perhaps explains its reticence to comment on human rights violations. Could be also that a value judgement within their executive has concluded that in the balance its presence in China is worth such ethically worrying compromise and compliance when viewed against any progress it brings.

Save The Children Stays Silent As Uyghur And Tibetan Minors Traumatized And Abused By China's Regime

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Such a rationalization, however well intended, cannot conceal the reality that in remaining silent on the trauma and abuse inflicted upon the children of occupied East Turkistan and Tibet it is guilty of complicity. Furthermore it’s enthusiastic partnership with China sends a powerful signal to the Chinese Regime that Save The Children cares little enough of human rights abuses not to cooperate with the same authority and political ideology responsible for such violations! It’s an example of double-think, a cognitive dissonance and process of denial, selectively ignoring the cultural genocide waged against the people of East Turkistan and Tibet.

Save The Children Stays Silent As Uyghur And Tibetan Minors Traumatized And Abused By China's Regime

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Meanwhile the self-congratulatory claims regarding their projects in East Turkistan should be viewed against the following curiously contradictory admission:

It is not easy for Save the Children to support the development of bilingual education in Xinjiang, where there is increasing use of Mandarin as the principal or only language of instruction in schools. While this is seen as a way to improve the standard of Mandarin among minority graduates entering the work force, the emphasis on teaching Mandarin in schools has reduced the status of mother tongue, and raised concerns among ethnic minorities about its effect on the sustainability of mother tongue and local culture…..” (emphasis added) Source: The Challenges of Bilingual Education in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region People’s Republic of China David Strawbridge Education Advisor, Save the Children

Save The Children Stays Silent As Uyghur And Tibetan Minors Traumatized And Abused By China's Regime
Tibetan children indoctrinated each day with Chinese political ideology and taught in Chinese.

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Having conceded that reality and revealed its acute awareness of such cultural oppression the same report goes on to make the following delusional claim: “However, by working within the boundaries of government policies and ‘bilingual’ education practices, we have helped improve the quality of mother tongue and Mandarin teaching in minority schools.” emphasis added) Source: Ibid

There’s a worrying inconsistency at work there, and a tacit admission that the organization, although cognizant of the eradication of the Uyghur language and imposition of Chinese upon children, is an active and willing partner in such a process!

Save The Children Stays Silent As Uyghur And Tibetan Minors Traumatized And Abused By China's Regime

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This collaboration and endorsement will trouble anyone who values human rights and opposes cultural destruction. That Save The Children continues to maintain a silence on the plight of Uyghur and Tibetan children, traumatized by a forced separation from their parents and brutally indoctrinated in what are effectively detention centers, justly denies them any moral credibility.

If like us you wish to express your concern on this situation and would like to call upon Save The Children to make public its position on the persecution and oppression suffered by Uyghur and Tibetan children then please contact any of the following:

Twitter: President-Elect Ms Janti Soeripto @jantiso and/or CEO Carolyn Miles @carolynsave

Email: BeijingOffice.China@savethechildren.org

Appeasing China, News Item

Volkswagen’s CEO In Denial On Cultural Genocide Of Uyghurs

Volkswagen's CEO In Denial On Cultural Genocide Of Uyghurs
Senior Exec of Volkswagen insisted he knew nothing about persecution of Uyghurs

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What’s going down with Herbert Diess the head of Volkswagen (VW)? On March 13 he offered a clarification regarding a remark he’d made earlier that week which created a storm across German public opinion. Due to its troubling similarity with the Nazi slogan ‘Arbeit macht frei’ (work makes you free) which adorned the entrance to Auschwitz and other concentration camps.

It seems Diess used the phrase “Ebit macht frei” during a presentation to an audience of VW managers.’Ebit’ is reported to be an accounting acronym which refers to earnings before interest and taxes, a phrase linked to an accountancy examination of a company’s quarterly financial report.

Volkswagen's CEO In Denial On Cultural Genocide Of Uyghurs
So-called re-education camps in East Turkistan, centers of misery and exploitation.

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“At no time was it my intention for this statement to be placed in a false context,” Diess stated on his LinkedIn page March 13. “At the time I simply did not think of this possibility.”.

Well these things happen right? A misunderstanding, but let’s jump to the present and Herr Deiss looks to have attracted understandable concern and controversy. From what we read he appears to have asserted during an interview with the BBC on April 16 that he was unaware of China’s treatment of Uyghurs or the use of ‘re-education’ camps in occupied East Turkistan.

Volkswagen's CEO In Denial On Cultural Genocide Of Uyghurs
There’s no choice to attend, only arrest, forcible relocation and abuse and punishment for non compliance

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A region where Volkswagen operates a large manufacturing plant. Given the years of reportage on China’s brutal oppression of Uyghur culture and international concern regarding the forced indoctrination of Uyghurs at these camps it’s difficult to understand how the head of VW would be so ignorant.

Volkswagen's CEO In Denial On Cultural Genocide Of Uyghurs
Volkswagen’s plant in occupied East Turkistan. A profitable collaboration with the Chinese regime.

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Or are we witnessing a selective denial at work here? Would it be too cynical to wonder if a corporation chose to collaborate with a tyranny, actively overlook any odious realities in the pursuit of profit?

Perhaps Herr Diess should contemplate upon his country’s dark history, the denials and refusal to accept responsibility for the existence of concentration camps, often located nearby German villages and towns. As Captain Sol Nichtern, an American soldier who took part in the liberation of those held at Dachau noted: “The concentration Camp at Dachau is built right up against the side of the village; the houses go right up to the outer wall…And the German people who lived on the other side of the street claim that they didn’t know what was going on in the [very] next street”. Source: testimony of Sol Nichtern, 44, Ast Project, (Physician with Medical Corps, 517th Special Clearing Company).

Volkswagen's CEO In Denial On Cultural Genocide Of Uyghurs
Forced-labor camps exist across occupied East Turkistan, places of untold misery and abuse for Uyghurs. Of which Volkswagen’s head claims ignorance.

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The stench from such places was nauseatingly intense, no doubt reaching unbearable levels when the crematoriums were burning masses of bodies.Yet local citizens insisted they knew nothing, and were struck by temporary blindness during the regular occasions when slave-labor units were marched in and out of such camps.

That the Chinese regime has waged a cultural genocide against the Tibetan and Uyghur people is well known and documented. As is China’s grisly record concerning human rights violations, forced-labor camps, censorship and a program of forced sterilizations. Now if we allow that Herbert Diess is being truthful when insisting he is unaware of such oppression or the existence of camps which brutalizes and indoctrinates Uyghurs, a major question remains.

Volkswagen's CEO In Denial On Cultural Genocide Of Uyghurs
Uyghur culture has been jailed by the Chinese regime, replaced with indoctrination, propaganda in praise of dictator Xi Jinping. Yet Volkswagen’s senior exec seems totally unaware of such oppression.

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Having been informed of, and able to assess the wealth-of detailed reports, eyewitness testimony and media accounts that document China’s totalitarian excesses against Tibet and East Turkistan, what action will the head of Volkswagen be taking?

Volkswagen's CEO In Denial On Cultural Genocide Of Uyghurs
One of many camps in which Uyghurs are detained for political indoctrination

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Will he choose to maintain ignorance and on that basis seek to justify his company’s lucrative collaboration with China’s regime? If so, as looks likely, he will be guilty within the court of world opinion, not simply of ignorance, but complicity!

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China’s Genocidal Reform Of Tibet

When thinking about Tibet as it suffers under the oppressive grip of Chinese rule there’s a few key phrases to consider.

China's Genocidal Reform Of Tibet
Sketch showing the bombing of Tibetan monasteries in Kham region in 1956

Image: Melong publication XXiii, 11, November 1956

Scorched Earth

The military strategy that seeks to destroy any assets or resources which might be of use to an enemy. These usually include water and food supplies, industrial centers, transport infrastructure, communications, and most chillingly people are also a target. Such objectives were central to the Chinese army when it invaded and occupied Tibet in 1950, and in the face of armed Tibetan resistance eventually realized.

China's Genocidal Reform Of Tibet
The remnants of Ganden Monastery in Tibet, one of many hundreds that were dynamited to extinction by China’s regime

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Having secured complete control this policy was not concluded, instead its objectives were shifted to Tibetan culture, which was deemed by the Chinese regime to be backward and in need of what it termed ‘reform’. A euphemism for the cultural genocide which was inflicted upon the Tibetan people.

China's Genocidal Reform Of Tibet
Mao’s fanatical red-guards on propaganda patrol in Lhasa, Tibet

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Ground Zero

The Oxford English Dictionary, citing the use of the term in a 1946 New York Times report on the destroyed city of Hiroshima, defines ground zero as “that part of the ground situated immediately under an exploding bomb, especially an atomic one.” . The cost of Tibetan lives and decades of misery, starvation and persecution which followed the Chinese occupation of Tibet was as if a nuclear bomb had been dropped upon Tibet’s culture and freedom.

China's Genocidal Reform Of Tibet

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The reconstruction has been dictated by China’s regime, central to which has remained a merciless and brutal enforcement of dogma. Inflamed by the ideology of Marxism the Chinese tyranny saw its colonialism of Tibet as a progressive stage in the evolution from a supposed feudalism, of what it insisted was a stagnant culure. In Marxist language Tibetans were “relics of peoples” undeserving of national freedom, incapable of economic or political independence. Tibet was, under such ‘reasoning’, a valid target to be refashioned.

A new ‘social harmony’ was to be engineered. From the smouldering ruins of China’s brutal violence against Tibet would emerge a Tibetan population ‘liberated’ from a supposed ‘class exploitation’ and ‘local nationalism’. The methodology employed to assist Tibetans realize such a political consciousness included: forced labor camps, mass arrests, torture, destruction of Tibetan monasteries and a mass population transfer of Han Chinese into Tibet!

Mind-Control

The poisonous cocktail of Marxist-Leninist doctrine with China’s traditional assimilationist ideology continues to terrorize the Tibetan people. Their culture having suffered the ravages of scorched earth and a nuclear-like assault is being redefined according to the political objective of China’s regime. Tibetan children are the experimental subjects, groomed into what is hoped will be a generation that knows only loyalty and gratitude towards the Chinese authorities.

China's Genocidal Reform Of Tibet
Tibetan children from one of Lhasa’s indocrtination centers attend a propaganda event in Lhasa April 2019

Image: China’s Ministry Of Propaganda

To realize such a mindset Tibet’s past has been recreated, censored and sanitized in accord with the approved political ideology. Within that perversion of the facts China becomes a savior, arriving as the hero to bring freedom to sorely oppressed Tibetans, denied social and political development by a cruel and feudal elite. This meticulous propaganda is drip fed to Tibet’s children each day.

There is no Dalai Lama, no history other than the one fabricated by the Chinese regime. It’s a ‘new Tibet’ which is taught, with a doctrine that asserts before Tibet was ‘liberated’ existed only cruelty, exploitation and slavery. Now, thanks to the ‘enlightened’ policies of China’s government, Tibetans enjoy the modernity and progress of a socialist paradise. They are so the propaganda would have you believe, ‘masters of their own affairs’!

China's Genocidal Reform Of Tibet
Tibetan monks forced to attend ‘reducation’ centers where they are indoctrinated with the political ideology of the Chinese regime

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Such is the thought-control applied within indoctrination centers (schools and what monasteries are left) across occupied Tibet. China is assiduously destroying Tibet’s past, brutally controlling its present and attempting to possess its future!

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The Brainwashing Of Tibet’s Children

The Brainwashing Of Tibet's Children

Image: courtesy of the Chinese regime/adapted by @tibettruth

The surrounding regions of Lhasa such as Ngari witness regular convoys of buses heading off to Tibet’s capital. On board are Tibetan children and their Chinese ‘minders’ headed for indoctrination centers.

The Brainwashing Of Tibet's Children

Image: courtesy of the Chinese regime/adapted by @tibettruth

The aims of which are to erode Tibetan cultural identity. The language medium is Chinese, classrooms and corridors display the propaganda slogans of China’s communist party regime, each day children are lined up to sing in praise of dictator Xi Jinping. Chinese culture dominates every aspect of attendance at these centers, including the food!

The Brainwashing Of Tibet's Children

Image: courtesy of the Chinese regime/adapted by @tibettruth

This psychological assault is one of the weapons used to assimilate Tibetans and eradicate any notion of national and cultural distinctiveness.

 

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Tibet Censored By UNESCO And International Mother Language Day

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Would you like to know what postive action the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is taking to support and protect the Tibetan language? We would too, especially as today is International Mother Language Day, which aims to highlight the importance of peoples linguistic and cultural diversity. The threat to languages it ranks as: vulnerable, definitely endangered, severely endangered and critically endangered.

We ran an online search ‘UNESCO concerned about Tibetan language’ and could find no reference, variants were used and still no results showed. It appears the global champion of linguistic diversity doesn’t regard Tibetan as under any danger. Yet the evidence coming from occupied Tibet has documented the increasing marginalization of Tibetan, threatened by mass-colonization of Chinese speakers. While Tibetans who seek to protect their language are jailed and the informal teaching of Tibetan by monasteries was banned December 25 2018

Tashi Wangchuk a Tibetan shopkeeper aged 31, was arrested January 27, 2016, after featuring in a New York Times video On March, 2016, he was charged with “inciting separatism,” and May 22nd, sentenced to five years in prison for the charge. His appeal was denied this year.

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Equally disturbing is that across Chinese run schools in occupied Tibet children are increasingly not being educated through the medium of Tibetan  but bullied into learning the language of their persecutors.

None of these facts seem to concern UNESCO or Mr Chris Mosely, editor of its report: Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger 2010 in which Tibetan does not appear as an endangered language The online interactive version of that supposedly authoratitive report is not running, and for some reason it’s been difficult to locate a downloadable PDF version.

Christopher Mosely whose editorship of the UNESCO report on endangered languages no doubt received the applause of China’s regime.

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We wonder also what Norway’s Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, which partnered the UNESCO report, would think about the indifference towards the considerable threats to Tibet’s language? The Norwegian capital of course proudly hosted the Dalai Lama to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in which he highlighted to Norway’s political establishment, the assault upon Tibetan culture arising from China’s occupation of Tibet.

On March 27, 2014 UNESCO named Peng Liyuan, the first lady of China, Special Envoy for the Advancement of Girls’ and Women’s Education.

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The ongoing offensive against the Tibetan language is born from a political ideology which ultimately seeks to eradicate Tibetan cultural identity. From its founding communist China embraced the Marxist theory which held ethnic culture and nationalism as a temporal anomaly which would finally be replaced by a unified proletarian culture. Within the context of its occupation of Tibet the Chinese regime applied such dogma with a particular ferocity, that process is intensifying, with the nationalistic addition of regarding China as being the center of civilization.

UNESCO has close and uncritical relations with China’s regime

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To realize these ambitions China’s authorities are seeking to eradicate the Tibetan language and in so doing remove any sense of a distinct Tibetan identity. Yet UNESCO instead of raising concerns to the Chinese government lauds China’s dictator, Xi Jinping and appoints his wife as a Special Envoy. It’s been said elsewhere that such international programs can be used by states in a cynical way to further policies of cultural domination and eradication. A warning which is being wilfully ignored by Director-General, Audrey Azoulay and her colleagues! 

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Tibet’s Cultural Traditions Further Eroded By Chinese Butter Invasion

Tibet Butter
Industrialized butter manufactured in China being loaded onto trains in Shenzen, destination Lhasa.

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If ever further proof was needed to demonstrate that under an illegal and tyrannical Chinese occupation Tibetans have been robbed of their traditional culture and forcibly transformed into a dependent population, then evidence for that reality arrived late January at a cold and windswept platform in Lhasa’s rail station.

A refrigerated train that had made the 8 day  journey across China and into occupied Tibet delivered a huge consignment of butter, a staple ingredient in Tibetan food and drink, ahead of the Losar Festival. How does that prove the point, right? Well the vast majority of Tibetans lived as nomads and to a lesser extent farmers, throughout their long history the people of Tibet enjoyed a self-sufficient lifestyle, milk, meat, wool and other commodities were plentiful in a land which was respected and revered in a sustainable and sensitive way.

Tibet Milk
Traditional milk and dairy produce declining in Tibet

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That of course has changed beyond imagination since China invaded in 1950 and in the decades of colonization and exploitation which followed. Tibetan nomads are fast becoming a minority, forced from their traditional lands into ‘socialist paradise villages’, no longer self-reliant or blessed with limitless supplies of dairy produce and meat. Instead they receive meagre rations from the Chinese regime, with the ever present threat of such supplies being withdrawn at the least sign of dissent.

Cultural Elimination In Tibet
Socialist Villages In Tibet By Order Of The Chinese Regime

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With the forced decline of Tibet’s nomadic culture and farmers requiring to comply with the dictate of the Chinese authorities the flow of fresh milk has been reduced, as has the production of butter and cheese. Dairy produce which was totally organic and locally produced by Tibetans has now been denuded to such a state that butter (of questionable quality and safety) is freighted in from Southe East China!

 

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In Tibet Defending The Tibetan Language Is A Crime!

Tibet Activists Protest Outside China's New York Consulate

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There’s no more appropriate way to describe the assault against Tibetans in occupied Tibet as cultural genocide. It is a calculated and systematic program to assimilate Tibetans and their traditions, the objective for the Chinese regime is to eradicate any sense of Tibetan national or cultural identity.

This is implemented through mass colonization of Han Chinese into Tibet, forcing Tibetans nomads into concentration settlements, where they become utterly dependent upon the meagre handouts of the Chinese authorities. The urban landscape has also been Sinocized with towns across Tibet virtually indistinguishable from those in China. While in Tibetan homes families are fed a 24/7 stream of Chinese language TV.

For China’s tyrannical authorities such measures are not enough, in addition they target Tibetan children and have been replacing the teaching of Tibet’s language with Mandarin. In truth there are no schools in Tibet, in their place are indoctrination centers, designed to program students to identify as Chinese.

Tibetan dissident Mr Tashi Wangchuk witnessed this cancerous erosion and three years ago decided to take action in support of the Tibetan language. Having traveled to Beijing in order to formally lodge his concerns he was arrested and disappeared into a Chinese prison. Being a Tibetan, defending Tibet’s culture and spoken-tongue is now a crime!