Chinese officials have abused the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region as “acts of genocide,” the Washington State Department said in a statement on the agency’s website on Tuesday.
“The People’s Republic of China, led by the Communist Party, has committed genocide against the majority Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious groups in Xinjiang,” the State Department said.
“Crimes against humanity” since March 2017
Incumbent U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused the Beijing Communist administration of “crimes against humanity” since March 2017.
“I believe genocide continues and we see a concerted effort to eradicate one-party Uyghurs in the Chinese state. There are crimes against humanity against Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious groups in Xinjiang,” Mike Pompeo said. AFP.
“Severe acts of deprivation of liberty of more than one million civilians”
Mike Pompeo said Chinese authorities have “committed acts of arbitrary detention and deprivation of liberty of more than a million civilians”, including cases of forced labor or restrictions on religious and freedom of expression.