China forcibly sterilises Uighurs to control population: Report Jun 30, 2020 0 15 12345 AFPBeijingChinese authorities are carrying out forced sterilisations of women in an apparent campaign to curb the growth of ethnic minority populations in the western Xinjiang region, according to research published Monday.The report, based on a combination of official regional data, policy documents and interviews with ethnic minority women, has prompted an international group of lawmakers to call for a United Nations investigation into China’s policies in the region.The move is likely to enrage Beijing, which has denied trampling on the rights of ethnic groups in Xinjiang, and which on Monday called the allegations “baseless”.The country is accused of locking more than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities in re-education camps. Beijing describes the facilities as job training centres aimed at steering people away from terrorism following a spate of violence blamed on separatists.Now a report by Adrian Zenz, a German researcher who has exposed China’s policies in Xinjiang, says Uighur women other ethnic minorities are being threatened with internment in the camps for refusing to abort pregnancies that exceed birth quotas.Women who had fewer than the legally permitted limit of two children were involuntarily fitted with IUDs, says the report.It also reports that some of the women said they were being coerced into receiving sterilization surgeries. China appears to be using coercive birth control in Xinjiang as part of a “wider game plan of ethno-racial domination,” Zenz wrote in the report.“These findings raise serious concerns as to whether Beijing’s policies in Xinjiang represent, in fundamental respects, what might be characterized as a demographic campaign of genocide” under UN definitions, Zenz said in the report.China’s foreign ministry said the allegations were “baseless” and showed “ulterior motives.”Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian blasted media outlets for “cooking up false information on Xinjiang-related issues,” saying at a regular press briefing that Xinjiang is “harmonious and stable.” Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Delhi opens huge cardboard-bed hospital to combat coronavirus Jun 30, 2020 0 427 Four killed in attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange Jun 30, 2020 0 274 Blasts at Afghan market kill 23 civilians Jun 30, 2020 0 21 Chinese coronavirus vaccine approved for military use AFP Beijing China’s military has approved a coronavirus vaccine for use within its ranks that has been developed by its research unit and a biotech firm, the company said Monday. Organisations around the world are racing .. India bans 59 Chinese mobile apps, including TikTok over ‘security’ AFP New Delhi India on Monday banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, including the wildly popular TikTok and WeChat, over national security and privacy concerns just weeks after a deadly Himalayan border clash between the .. Singapore’s June dengue deaths top those from COVID-19 DPA Bangkok Four people have died in Singapore this month from the mosquito-borne dengue virus, according to Health Ministry data provided to The Straits Times, a local newspaper. Meanwhile ministry statistics .. China says will restrict visas for some Americans over HK row Beijing China warned Monday that it would impose visa restrictions on US citizens who had “behaved egregiously” over Hong Kong, ahead of expected approval from Beijing lawmakers for a controversial national security .. Kazakh leader says restrictions to return as virus surges Nur-Sultan The president of Kazakhstan criticised top officials on Monday for their coronavirus response and ordered the return of lockdown measures as the Central Asian country struggles to control a surge in .. Thailand to ease nightlife lockdown, allow some entry to foreigners AFP Bangkok Thailand’s nightlife will restart with some restrictions this week, the kingdom announced Monday, part of a return to normalcy as it prepares to welcome business travellers and medical tourists after a ban .. Filipino journalist Maria Ressa appeals conviction for cyber libel DPA Manila Filipino journalist Maria Ressa on Monday appealed her conviction for cyber libel, citing “substantial errors” made by the judge in her verdict, which was seen as a blow to press freedom in the Philippines. ..