U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that “the US was acting against horrific and systematic abuses to Uighurs in Xinjiang region in China”. Also, following the injustice taking place in China, he has stated that “The United States will not stand idly by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) as it carries out human rights abuses targeting Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs and members of other minority groups in Xinjiang”.
Who are Uighurs?
Uighurs, a mostly Muslim community, are ethnically Turkic and makeup approximately 45% of Xinjiang’s population. According to the report of a Chinese scholar by the name of Adrian Zenz, China was forcing women to be sterilized or fitted with contraceptive devices in Xinjiang, in an apparent attempt to limit the population of Muslim Uighurs. Adrian Zenz’s report has prompted international calls for the United Nations to investigate.
Mike Pompeo: The United States will not stand idly by as the CCP carries out human rights abuses.
The Trump administration has identified Chen Quanguo as “the architect of Beijing’s policies against minorities” who was also previously in charge of Tibet.
According to human rights groups, there are up to a million Muslims who have been detained in high-security prison camps across Xinjiang province by Chinese authorities. However, regardless of what they say, China denies any mistreatment of Muslims in far-western Xinjiang, declaring that the Uighurs are being just educated in “vocational training centers” in order to combat violent religious extremism.
Whatever China says, by now, many Uighurs have fled to Turkey, which they have traditionally viewed as a refuge and an advocate for their rights. Now, many Uighurs in Istanbul tell NPR they fear China is pressuring Turkey to threaten them.