The declaration was one of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s final acts at Foggy Bottom.
The State Department on Tuesday declared China’s human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region a “genocide” against ethnic Uighur Muslims in one of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s final acts before leaving office.
In a statement, Pompeo accused Beijing’s ruling Communist Party of committing “crimes against humanity against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other members of ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang” as far back as March 2017.
Specifically, Pompeo alleged that China was guilty of “the arbitrary imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty of more than one million civilians, forced sterilization, torture of a large number of those arbitrarily detained, forced labor, and the imposition of draconian restrictions on freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, and freedom of movement.”
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