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Trump administration declares China’s persecution of Uyghur Muslims “genocide”

The United States has officially designated China's persecution of Muslim minorities in western Xinjiang Province - including mass internment, forced labour, and forced sterilisation - as "genocide" and "crimes against humanity."


Mike Pompeo made the determination just one day before President-elect Joe Biden takes office, making the U.S. the first country to adopt these terms to describe the CCP’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

Previous reports from U.S. officials and human rights groups found that China has imprisoned more than 1 million people, including Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim ethnic groups, in tightly-controlled concentration camps in Xinjiang, where they are taught to be secular citizens who will never oppose the ruling Communist Party. 

Sam Brownback, U.S. ambassador at large for International Religious Freedom, said that the tactics used against Uyghur Muslims represent the “cutting edge of religious persecution.”

Though they live in a remote region, China is employing its “most aggressive technology” to oppress Uyghurs, including sophisticated cameras, facial-recognition technology, and collecting DNA samples, Brownback said.

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