The South China Morning Post (SCMP), Thursday reported that almost 80 percent of respondents to a Pew Research Center survey of 25,000 adults in 19 countries viewed China’s human right violations as a serious problem.
The poll found that a median of 79 per cent of respondents thought China’s human rights abuses were a “serious issue” and 47 percent considered them a “very serious concern.”
The survey was conducted by Pew Research Center between February 14th and June 3, and the results were published on June 29. The Washington D.C.-based thinktank interviewed 19 people from the United States, Canada, France, Germany and Greece.
Participants were asked questions about their views on China and its “policies regarding human rights,” among other things. Pew Research Center asked respondents questions about China’s military power, economic competition and China’s involvement with domestic politics in each country.
The organization stated that “[M]ore people consider the Chinese human rights policies [of China] a very serious problem than the same for the other.”
Concerns about China’s military might are closely linked to unfavorable opinions. A median of 37% considers this a very serious problem. Concerns are especially acute among China’s neighbours – particularly Japan (60%), Australia (57%), and South Korea (46%). However, nearly half of those living in non-geographically close countries such as Spain (47%) or the Netherlands (46%) feel the same way.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which routinely violates human rights, has committed genocide against ethnic groups from East Turkistan. It is situated along China’s western border with Central Asia. This territory is home to many regional ethnic minorities including the Turkic-speaking Uyghurs and Kazakhs. In recent years, Chinese government-run concentration camps used these individuals to work in slave labor conditions on farms and factories in East Turkistan. This system has been used by human rights groups to estimate that as many as three million Uyghurs in the region have been subject to it since 2017.
In January 2021, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that he had “determined” that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) had committed genocide against predominantly Muslim Uyghurs as well as other ethnic and religion minorities in Xinjiang.