Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a press release on Tuesday, Jan. 19 that the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of the Uighur minority in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region is part of a systemic and organized genocide to reduce the Muslim population.
The Trump administration has stood out over the past four years for openly condemning authoritarian governments and regimes that, in their quest to maintain and increase their power, persecute population groups because of their religious, physical, or ideological differences.
Such is the case of the Uighur minority in Xinjiang, China, denounced by the various departments of the government of President Trump as one of the sectors that is suffering atrocious persecution by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Today, the secretary of state made one of the strongest denunciations since entering office, cataloguing the facts as a true “genocide.”
“After careful examination of the available facts, I have determined that since at least March 2017, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), under the direction and control of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has committed crimes against humanity against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other members of ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang,” Pompeo said in the statement.
Pompeo also determined that the CCP committed crimes against humanity in the region, referring to the detention of more than 1 million Muslims subjecting the population to forced labor, forced sterilization and torture followed by death.
“I believe this genocide is ongoing, and that we are witnessing the systematic attempt to destroy Uighurs by the Chinese party-state,” said Pompeo.
He added, “Their morally repugnant, wholesale policies, practices, and abuses are designed systematically to discriminate against and surveil ethnic Uighurs as a unique demographic and ethnic group.”
The move is likely to further strain the already frayed ties between the world’s two largest economies, which have plummeted to their lowest level in decades in the last year following the communist regime’s dismal role in the CCP pandemic, coupled with its subjugation of various aspects of geopolitical activity that led to constant friction with the US government, which under the Trump administration did not yield to threats.
Pompeo urged the CCP to release all Uighur detainees and end their persecution in the region. At the same time, he called on the international community and multilateral and legal bodies to join the United States in its effort to “promote accountability for those responsible for these atrocities.”
State Department contacted Reuters, saying, “This is a decision we do not take lightly. It has gone through a lot of process and a lot of analysis. The Secretary was determined in his role and defined that this is the tool we need to implement at this time to advance this vitally important cause.”
Minutes after the State Department’s press release was published, Pompeo sent a harsh message on Twitter to the multilateral organizations, specifically against the United Nations, insinuating its lack of collaboration on these types of issues.
“The U.S. is stronger when we acknowledge the failings of international institutions like @UN and try to fix them. Multilateralism for multilateralism’s sake doesn’t help anyone but bureaucrats, globalists, and lawyers,” Pompeo said in his message.
The U.S. is stronger when we acknowledge the failings of international institutions like @UN and try to fix them. Multilateralism for multilateralism's sake doesn't help anyone but bureaucrats, globalists, and lawyers. pic.twitter.com/LxGU1a9m8u
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) January 19, 2021