US Slams China For Religious Repression, Committing Genocide Against Uyghurs

The United States has criticized China for its religious repression and genocide against the Uyghurs. In the annual report on religious freedom around the world, published by the US State Department, the country’s ambassador, Rashad Hussain, said that “far too many governments are undeterred by the repression of their citizens “.

“It’s no surprise that the People’s Republic of China is a glaring example here,” he told reporters.

“The PRC government continues[s] to commit genocide and crimes against humanity against Uyghurs, who are predominantly Muslim, and members of other minority ethnic and religious groups.

According to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, “China continues its genocide and repression of predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other minority religious groups”.

“Since April 2017, more than a million Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and others have been detained in internment camps in Xinjiang,” he added.

Initially, China denied the existence of detention camps in Xinjiang. In 2018, Beijing said it had set up “vocational training centers” needed to combat what it said was terrorism, separatism and religious radicalism in the region.

“NGOs and the media continued to report deaths in custody that the government tortured, physically abused, arrested, disappeared, detained, sentenced to prison, subjected to forced labor and forced indoctrination into the ideology of the CCP, and harassed adherents of registered and unregistered religious groups. for activities related to their religious beliefs and practices,” according to the 2021 International Religious Freedom Report.

U.S. officials are ready to implement a ban on imports from China’s Xinjiang region when a law requiring it becomes law later in June.

“We’re all on a very tight deadline,” said Elva Muneton, acting executive director of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for the UFLPA Implementation Task Force.

“We are expected to be ready to implement Uyghur law on June 21 and have the resources,” Muneton said during a law enforcement webinar. “So the question is, are we ready to implement? Yes, we are,” she said.

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Importers will have the ability to re-export the prohibited goods to the country of origin, and any exemption from the presumption must be granted by the CBP commissioner and reported to Congress, Muneton said.

“It is important to know that the standard of proof required by Uyghur law is very high,” she said.

“This is going to require documentation, clear and convincing evidence, that the supply chain of the imported product is free of forced labour.”

(With agency contributions)

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