CNA Staff, Aug 18, 2020 / 13:00 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Hospitals in China’s Xinjiang province regularly committ forced late-term abortions on Uyghur women and killed newborn Uyghur babies to enforce China’s family planning policies, according to a former hospital worker in the region.
Speaking to Radio Free Asia, Hasiyet Abdulla, who presently lives in Turkey, described the conditions in hospitals in Xinjiang. Many Uyghurs, an ethnic minority group in China, have fled to Turkey.
According to Abdulla, hospital maternity wards in Xinjiang strictly enforce family planning laws, including limiting Uyghurs to three children in rural areas or two in urban regions. Additionally, a Uyghur woman is required to wait a certain number of years between births.
“The regulations were so strict: there had to be three or four years between children. There were babies born at nine months who we killed after inducing labor. They did that in the maternity wards, because those were the orders,” said Abdulla.
Abdulla told Radio Free Asia that in many cases, babies who were born alive were removed from their parents, killed and then disposed of. She said that this practice stemmed from “an order that’s been given from above,” and that hospitals found to have been in violation of these policies would be subjected to fines or other punishments.