China Using DNA to Repress Minorities, Family Lines

An opinion piece from The Washington Post asserts there is “overwhelming evidence” that the Chinese government has been forcibly collecting the DNA of the Tibetan people.

“Human rights groups report that police are taking blood samples from men, women, and children, with no legitimate justification, in all seven prefectures in the Tibetan autonomous region, often showing up at kindergartens. There’s zero indication Tibetans can refuse,” writes Post columnist Josh Rogin.

According to Human Rights Watch, Chinese police officials have been aggressive with this collection program. They even posted a public request for bids to construct a massive DNA database online; and in one municipality, authorities were instructed “not to miss a [single] village or monastery, and not to miss a [single] household or person.”

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