(CNSNews.com) – The People’s Republic of China continued in 2022 to engage in a campaign of genocide against the Uyghurs and “other ethnic and religious” minorities in the Xingjiang region, the U.S. State Department said in its newly released report on human rights in China.
“Genocide and crimes against humanity occurred during the year against predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang,” said State Department’s the report.
“Since 2017,” said the report, “the government has conducted mass arbitrary detention of Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and members of other Muslim and ethnic minority groups in Xinjiang.”
Then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo first declared on Jan. 19, 2021, that the People’s Republic of China was engaging in genocide in Xinjiang.
“After careful examination of the available facts, I have determined that since at least March 2017, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), under the direction and control of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has committed crimes against humanity against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other members of ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang,” Pompeo said then.
“These crimes are ongoing and include: 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,” he said.
“The Nuremberg Tribunals at the end of World War II prosecuted perpetrators for crimes against humanity, the same crimes being perpetrated in Xinjiang,” said Pompeo.
“In addition, after careful examination of the available facts, I have determined that the PRC, under the direction and control of the CCP, has committed genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang,” Pompeo said.
“I believe this genocide is ongoing, and that we are witnessing the systematic attempt to destroy Uyghurs by the Chinese party-state,” said Pompeo.
The same day that then-Secretary of State Pompeo made this declaration, Secretary of State-nominee Antony Blinken stated in his confirmation hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he agreed with Pompeo’s assessment.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R.-S.C.) asked Blinken: “Secretary Pompeo designated the Chinese Communist Party as having engaged in genocide regarding the Uyghur Muslim population. You agree with that designation?”
Blinken responded: “That would be my judgment as well.”
“You do agree?” asked Graham.
“Yes,” said Blinken.
The Congressional Research Service noted the State Department’s assessment in a paper it published on Jan. 6, 2023 about China’s treatment of the Uyghurs.
“On January 19, 2021, the State Department announced that it had determined that the PRC had committed crimes against humanity and genocide in Xinjiang, and called on multilateral and juridical bodies to pursue accountability,” said the CRS report.
“The Biden Administration has concurred with this determination and has repeatedly referred to ‘ongoing’ genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang,” said CRS.
“Ethnic and religious minority women, particularly Uyghurs, were often subjected to coercive population control measures,” said the State Department’s human rights report on China that was published on March 20.
“Government targeting of ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang with intensified coercive population control measures resulted in plummeting birth rates since 2018,” said the report. “Most Xinjiang prefectures reported large increases in sterilizations and implantation of intrauterine devices (IUD), with Hotan Prejecture alone more than doubling its sterilization numbers for women from 2017 to 2018.
“There were widespread reports of coercive population control measures—including forced abortions, forced sterilizations, involuntary IUD insertions, and pregnancy checks—occurring at detention centers in the region and targeting minority groups, primarily Uyghurs and ethnic Kazaks,” said the report.
“Parents judged to have exceeded the government limit on the number of children risked being sent to detention centers unless they paid exorbitant fines,” it said.
The PRC also engaged in the mass incarceration of Uyghurs and other groups.
“The detention of an estimated one million or more Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Muslims in Xinjiang left many children without caregivers,” said the State Department report. “While many of these children had relatives willing to care for them, the government placed the children of detainees in orphanages, state-run boarding schools, or ‘child welfare guidance centers,’ where they were forcibly indoctrinated with CCP ideology and forced to learn Mandarin Chinese, reject their religious and cultural beliefs, and answer questions regarding their parents’ religious beliefs and practices.”
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