Outrage against the Disney film “Mulan” is growing after the filmmakers thanked Chinese government agencies connected to massive human rights abuses, including forced abortions, in the Xinjiang province.
The Guardian reports the new live-action film, released Friday, includes a “special thanks” in the end credits to eight Chinese government agencies in Xinjiang.
These agencies have been linked to a “mass genocide” against the minority Uyghur population. Experts estimate more than 1 million Uyghur Muslims have been imprisoned in concentration camps, and an unknown number of mothers have been forced to abort their unborn babies through all nine months of pregnancy.
“Disney, in other words, worked with regions where genocide is occurring, and thanked government departments that are helping to carry it out,” Isaac Stone Fish wrote in a column at the Washington Post.
Disney’s thanks included to the “publicity department of CPC Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomy Region Committee,” which is the Xinjiang propaganda arm of the Chinese Communist Party, the Guardian reports. It also thanked the Public Security Bureau of Turpan, a city in the province where experts say more than a dozen concentration camps are located.
Parts of “Mulan” also were filmed in Xinjiang in 2018, “the same year China’s ‘strike hard’ campaign in Xinjiang ramped up with the construction” of the “re-education,” or concentration, camps, according to the reports.
Researcher Adrian Zenz told the news outlet that the camps are being used to supposedly “eradicate the soil for the breeding and spread of religious extremism” by the Uyghurs, most of whom are Muslim.
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Forced abortions and forced sterilizations also are rampant in the province. As Fish noted, “Forced sterilization campaigns have caused the birth rate in Xinjiang to plummet roughly 24 percent in 2019 — and ‘imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group’ fits within the legally recognized definition of genocide.”
A doctor who escaped to Turkey after working for the Chinese Communist Party recently admitted to participating in nearly 600 forced abortions, forced sterilizations and other coercive family planning measures to curtail the minority Uyghur population.
Here’s more from the Guardian:
Human rights advocates have called on Disney to be transparent about its dealings with authorities in Xinjiang. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Disney shared its script with Chinese authorities and consulted with local advisers in order to guarantee a release in China.
“Disney should disclose the details about the human rights due diligence it had conducted — if there was any — before making the decision to film in Xinjiang, what agreements it had made with Xinjiang authorities in order to do the filming, and what assistances it received from authorities,” said Human Rights Watch China researcher Yaqiu Wang.
Pro-life leaders have been exposing horrific human rights abuses under China’s one child policy for decades. The population control measure led to forced and coerced abortions through all nine months of pregnancy.
China received renewed attention this summer after the Associated Press reported about the “re-education” camps, police raids on families’ homes in search of illegal children, families going into hiding to protect their “illegal” children, government intimidation and more.
In August, a former Chinese obstetrician, Hasiyet Abdulla, who now lives in Turkey, told Radio Free Asia about the forced abortions and infanticide that she witnessed in Xinjiang hospitals. She said every hospital included a “family-planning unit” that tracked “who had how many kids, when they’d given birth to them.”
“There were babies born at nine months who we killed after inducing labor,” she said.
This summer, U.S. leaders condemned China for oppressing women and minorities.
According to Fox News: “Members of Congress have scrutinized relationships between China and companies like Nike or Apple amid concerns of forced labor. Last month, the State Department sent a letter warning business leaders about the potential for international commerce to help brands benefiting from slave labor.”
These warnings followed multiple sanctions by the Trump administration in July. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the United States will use “the full breadth of its financial powers to hold human rights abusers accountable in Xinjiang and across the world.”
Chen Guangcheng, a Chinese human rights advocate who helped expose forced abortions in the communist country, also drew attention to the on-going abuses during his speech at the Republican National Convention in August.