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Human rights abuses abounded across the globe in 2020, the US State Department concluded Tuesday (30 March) in its annual review of how the world’s governments treat their people, reports VOA News.
“The trend lines on human rights continue to move in the wrong direction,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters.
“The US State Department should launch a Ministerial to Advance Human Rights worldwide, similar to the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom,” said Prime Minister Salih Hudayar of the East Turkistan Government in Exile, the democratically elected official body representing East Turkistan and its people.
Blinken cited numerous countries the U.S. considers offenders of basic human rights.
“In China, government authorities committed genocide against Uyghurs, who are predominantly Muslim, and crimes against humanity, including imprisonment, torture, enforced sterilization, and persecution against Uyghurs and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups,” Blinken said.
The report on China said Beijing “continued to imprison citizens for reasons related to politics and religion. Human rights organizations estimated tens of thousands of political prisoners remained incarcerated, most in prisons and some in administrative detention. The government did not grant international humanitarian organizations access to political prisoners.”
“The U.S. can take meaningful action to end the genocide of Uyghurs by bringing East Turkistan to the agenda of the UN Security Council, prosecuting China’s diplomats under US Code Section 1091, increasing tariffs, applying more sanctions, boycotting the Beijing 2022 Olympics, and recognizing East Turkistan as a Captive Nation,” said Hudayar.
The BBC on Wednesday said it had relocated its China correspondent, John Sudworth, to Taiwan, a move that came after Chinese government attacks on both the reporter and the broadcaster over coverage of the Uyghurs in the country’s [East Turkistan] Xinjiang region, reports Business Insider.
The BBC did not give a specific reason for Sudworth’s relocation but said: “John’s work has exposed truths that Chinese authorities did not want the world to know.”
Salih Hudayar is the Prime Minister of the East Turkistan Government in Exile, the democratically elected official body representing East Turkistan (renamed Xinjiang) and its people.
As victims of genocide, the East Turkistan Government in Exile stands in solidarity with the victims of anti-Asian hate and supports the initiatives of the Biden Administration to combat violence, xenophobia, and bias.