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Asia foreign policy writer at Reuters David Brunnstrom tweeted: “In a massive parting shot, outgoing US Secretary of State Pompeo just determined China has committed ‘genocide and crimes against humanity’ in treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. Secretary of State Pompeo made the call after weeks of internal debate.” The Trump administration has determined that China has committed “genocide and crimes against humanity” in its oppression of Uighur Muslims in the vast Xinjiang region.
Today US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that the Chinese politburo was carrying out “genocide” conditions in Xinjiang.
The claims come one day before president-elect Biden’s inauguration.
Officials for Mr Pompeo told reporters today that “an exhaustive documentation of China’s own policies, practices and abuse in Xinjiang” were viewed by Mr Pompeo.
This led him to make the determination.
Mr Pompeo’s claims that such acts had been committed since at least March 2017.
Mr Pompeo said in a statement: “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 Uighurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang.”
He added: “I believe this genocide is ongoing.
“I believe we are witnessing the systematic attempt to destroy Uighurs by the Chinese party-state.”
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Beijing said that the official reason for the camps was to stamp out extremism and give people new skills.
But witnesses and camp survivors have called them concentration camps.
Beijing denies claims of human rights abuse within the camps.
A 2019 Schriver estimate stated there have been between 1 million and 3 million Uighur’s incarcerated in the camps over several years.
Also, a 2017 Chinese government document revealed that 497,000 minors were held in special boarding schools.