Pompeo slams China for treatment of Uighurs
The Secretary of State for the Untied States of America Mike Pompeo slammed China on Dec. 28th over its treatment of the ethnic and religious minority Muslim Uighur population, calling for the protection and respect of religious freedom.
Pompeo took to twitter to criticize the Chinese Communist Party tweeting,”From #Tibet to #Xinjiang, the Chinese Communist Party’s repressive campaigns are not about combating terrorism.”
He added, “The #CCP is attempting to erase its own citizens faiths and cultures. All societies must respect and protect religious freedom.”
China’s western XinJiang province is home to 10 million Muslim Uighurs. The Turkic Muslim group, which makes up around 45% of Xinjiang’s population, has long accused the Chinese Communist Party of cultural, religious and economic discrimination.
China has been accused of implementing and carrying out repressive policies against minority ethnic groups, especially against the Muslim population. Up to 1 million people or about 7% of the Muslim population in XinJiang have been incarcerated and put into expanding network of political re-education camps according to U.S. officials and UN experts.
China has been accused by Human rights watch in a report last September of a systematic campaign of human rights violations against Uighur Muslims in XinJiang.
China denies the charges, claiming they are providing Uighur Muslims with vocational training centers.