The outgoing US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Saturday said that the United States led the world in exposing the “horrific” rights abuses in Xinjiang province of China and imposed sanctions on the Chinese Communist Party’s officials.
Taking to Twitter, Pompeo lauded America’s efforts in bringing up the Uyghur issue to the forefront, saying America halted imports of products made with forced labour and gave Uyghur women a platform to tell the world about their families who were disappeared by the Chinese Communist Party.
“We led the world in exposing the horrific abuses in Xinjiang. Imposed sanctions on CCP officials, halted imports of products made with forced labor, and so much more. When the world averts its eyes, America speaks up, and acts,” Pompeo tweeted.
“We also gave courageous Uyghur women a platform to tell the world about their families who were disappeared by the #CCP,” he added.
Under Donald Trump, the United States spearheaded the campaign against the CCP for its human right abuse in Xinjiang. In July last year, Pompeo said that that it is time “for a new alliance of democracies” to counter Beijing’s aggressive policies.
China has been condemned globally for persecuting Uyghur Muslims by sending them to mass detention camps, interfering in their religious activities and sending members of the community to undergo some form of forcible re-education or indoctrination.
Meanwhile, Beijing has vehemently denied that it is engaged in human rights abuses against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang.