PRESS RELEASE: U.S. State Department Report Explicitly Highlights China’s Genocide of Uyghurs

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release
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31 March 2021 | 5:00 PM EST

Washington, March 31 – Human rights abuses abounded across the globe in 2020, the U.S. State Department concluded Tuesday int its annual review of how world’s governments treat their people, reported VOA News.

“The trend lines on human rights continue to move in the wrong direction,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters.

The U.S. State Department’s 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices explicitly highlighted China’s ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity against Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in East Turkistan.

“Too many people continued to suffer under brutal conditions in 2020. 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.”

U.S. State Department’s 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

The East Turkistan Government in Exile welcomes the report and urges the U.S. Government to take strong and meaningful actions against China’s genocide in East Turkistan.

“The U.S. 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 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 Prime Minister Hudayar.

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