China is perpetrating a “genocide” on Xinjiang Muslims: United States

17th October 2020

17th October 2020

Robert O' Brien, US national security adviser

China was perpetrating "something close to" a genocide with its treatment of Muslims in its Xinjiang region, said Robert O'Brien, the U.S. national security adviser on Friday.

While highlighting the crackdowns by China including one on the pro-democracy movement of Hong Kong, O'Brien said in an Aspen Institute's online event, "if not a genocide, something close to it going on in Xinjiang."

The treatment that Uighur and other Muslim minorities get in Xinjiang, China has been denounced by the United States and imposed sanctions against the accused officials.

The Xinjiang has detained at least a million Muslims as per the estimations of the United Nations and as per activists, genocide along with other crimes to humanity are happening there.

China denied all the abuses and claimed that vocational training is provided in camps present in the region to fight extremism.

O'Brien said, "the Chinese are literally shaving the heads of Uighur women and making hair products and sending them to the United States."

In June, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that a shipment from Xinjiang was detained by it due to the suspicion of being them the products of forced-labour prepared with human hair.

Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary in June labelled the reports from China of forced, abortion, coercive family planning, and forced sterilization against Muslims of the Xinjiang region as "disturbing" and "shocking."

He added, "when the United States speaks about crimes against humanity or genocide ... we've got to be very careful and very precise because it carries an enormous weight."

 

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