The United States denounced “the horrors of state repression” of human rights perpetrated by the Chinese regime, in the words of Under Secretary of State John J. Sullivan on Sept. 24 at the United Nations in New York.
He also highlighted the responsibility of the UN and its members in the face of survivors’ accounts of the regime’s horrors against the human rights and fundamental freedoms of minorities, including the Uighur ethnicity, according to Global News.
“We invite others to join the international effort to demand and compel an immediate end to China’s horrific campaign of repression,” the senior official said.
He also urged nations to seek “immediate, unhindered, and unmonitored” access to Xinjiang for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR).
Paola Pampaloni, deputy managing director for Asia of the European External Action Service, expressed the need for access to the Xinjiang region and said the EU was “alarmed” by the situation.
“We are concerned about … information about mistreatment and torture,” said Pampaloni. “China is always inviting us to the camps under their conditions, we are in negotiations right now for terms and conditions for free access,” she added.
U.S. President Donald Trump also expressed to the UN General Assembly the need to respect people’s freedom of conscience.
“Today, I ask all nations to join us in this urgent moral duty. We ask the governments of the world to honor the eternal right of every person to follow their conscience, live by their faith, and give glory to God,” President Trump said.
In another event on the defense of religious freedom, the president referred to his country’s commitment to defend it.
“This fundamental right is under growing threat around the world. Hard to believe, but 80 percent of the world’s population lives in countries where religious liberty is in significant danger or even completely outlawed,” President Trump said in a White House statement.
Among the abuses suffered by Uighurs are that they cannot practice their faith or travel, nor are they allowed to talk to relatives or name their children, Foreign Policy reports.
Not even submission to discrimination and coercion keeps their families safe from persecution by the Chinese regime, according to Foreign Policy.
In addition, the Chinese Communist Party transferred more than a million uninvited guests “to aid the military and police in their campaign by occupying the homes of the region’s Uighurs and other Muslim minorities, and undertaking programs of indoctrination and surveillance,” according to testimony quoted by Foreign Policy.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been widely criticized for the millions of extrajudicial incarcerations of members of racial minorities or for religious persecution, such as the Uighurs, and Falun Dafa practitioners, among others.