Washington: China has been facing criticism for its human rights violations against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang Province.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, on Tuesday (July 6) virtually met Uyghur internment camp survivors, and relatives of individuals detained in Xinjiang, and expressed Washington's commitment to pressure China to halt ongoing genocide against the Uyghurs minority.
The State Department said Blinken wanted to hear directly from the seven former detainees, relatives of others and advocate about conditions that they and the Uyghur community more broadly face.
"Today Secretary Blinken met with seven Uyghur internment camp survivors, advocates, and relatives of individuals detained in Xinjiang to express the United States' commitment to work with allies and partners in calling for an end to the People's Republic of China (PRC)'s ongoing crimes against humanity and genocide against Uyghurs and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang," said State Department spokesperson Ned Price.
China has been chastised globally for detaining Uyghur Muslims in huge detention facilities, interfering with their religious activities, and forcing community members to endure forceful re-education or brainwashing.
Early this year, the US became the first country in the world to declare the Chinese actions in Xinjiang as genocide.
Recently, US State Department released its 2021 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) placing China among the worst countries in human trafficking following its increasing repression of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.
The report accused China of using surveillance technologies and criminal charges to abduct and detain over one million Muslims, including Uyghurs, ethnic Hui, ethnic Kazakhs, and more, in up to 1,200 state-run internment camps.
The United States will continue to place human rights at the forefront of our China policy and will always support the voices of activists, survivors, and family members of victims who courageously speak out against these atrocities, said the spokesperson.