The breadth of the assault detailed by the report is extraordinary:
Fear of Muslim Uyghurs has led to the incarceration of a million or more people, mostly Uyghurs but some other nationalities too, in reeducation camps. Whether the term genocide rightly applies — the regime is essentially killing a culture, not a people — the hardship suffered is immense.
“Repression in Tibet has intensified” as well. Occupied in 1950 by the PRC, Beijing has sought to restrict the practice of Buddhism, crush separatist sentiments, and control the Buddhist hierarchy. That means “arrests of Tibetan activists, monks and nuns, and severe restrictions on freedom of expression, freedom of religion or belief and other human rights.”
Hong Kong’s travails have been in the news over the last couple of years. After slowly expanding Beijing’s authority in the former British colony in recent years, the PRC last year imposed a brutal national-security law “containing severe restrictions on basic freedoms” on the roughly 7.5 million Hong Kongers. The result was to dismantle in surprisingly short order “Hong Kong’s promised freedoms, human rights, the rule of law and autonomy.” Censorship is fast descending upon what formally remains an autonomous special administrative region.
“Torture is endemic, widespread, systematic and conducted with impunity.” Brutal imprisonment is common around the world but has extra impact when practiced in the world’s most populous state.