Amid escalating tensions with China, the Biden administration on Tuesday (local time) declared Chinese actions against Uygar Muslims and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang as ‘genocide’. A 2020 report on human rights practices that China released on Tuesday. To this, the US State Department said that massacres and crimes against humanity occurred in Xinjiang, mainly against Muslim uigars and other ethnic and religious minority groups. Biden administration announces Chinese action in Xinjiang as genocide.
The Washington Post reported that Michael Pompeo first officially declared genocide in Xinjiang during the disastrous days of the Donald Trump administration. Antony Blinken confirmed Pompeo’s assessment during his hearing. The inclusion of the term in Tuesday’s US report formalizes the approach as an official US government assessment.
The US State Department said that crimes against Uyghurs include arbitrary imprisonment or other serious deprivation of the liberty of more than one million citizens. Forced sterilization, forced abortions, and more restrictive application of China’s birth control policies; rape; Torture of a large number of arbitrarily detained people; forced Labour; And Draconian restrictions were imposed on freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, and freedom of movement.
The State Department said that China’s government officials and security services have often abused human rights. The report stated that authorities often announced investigations into cases of reported murders by police, but did not announce the results or conclusions of police malfunctions or disciplinary actions. Biden administration announces Chinese action in Xinjiang as genocide.
The report comes amid tensions between Western countries and China. The recent escalation of tensions began after the US, the European Union and the United Kingdom imposed sanctions against the Chinese authorities responsible for the atrocities against the Uygars.