Genocide was committed against the Uyghurs: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken targets China
Washington: Newly confirmed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has targeted China and said the country's treatment towards Uyghur and Muslim minority population is genocide.
"My judgment remains that genocide is committed against the Uighurs (Uyghurs), and that hasn't changed," Blinken said Wednesday in his first remarks as secretary from the State Department podium as quoted by CBS News.
Who are Uyghur Muslims?
Uyghur Muslims are a Turkic minority ethnic group originating from and culturally affiliated with the general region of Central and East Asia. It is now widely publicized that their human rights are crushed by China and they were sent to "re-education camps" by the communist regime in Beijing.
The Uyghurs are recognized as native to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China.
An American representative at the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said in 2018 that the committee had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uyghurs in China have been held in "re-education camps" by the Chinese authorities.