Flags of China and the United States fly outside a company building in Shanghai, China on April 14, 2021. REUTERS / Aly Song
The Chinese government has turned its western province of Xinjiang into an “open-air prison,” a US State Department official said Wednesday when the department released a report criticizing China’s persecution of religious minorities.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in January that China’s actions in Xinjiang constituted crimes against humanity and genocide, and his successor Anthony Blinken agreed to the verdict.
China rejects this claim and claims it is fighting extremism in Xinjiang.
Daniel Nadel, a senior official at the State Department’s Office of International Freedom, said the situation has changed from using what China calls “vocational education and training centers” to contain ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims, to using surveillance, effectively turning the entire region into a prison. in the open air “.
“The movement of people is closely monitored. You have caretakers assigned to live with the Uyghurs to keep an eye on them. You have people going to the market who have to check every time they go to another market stall, ”he said. press briefing.
The oppression of Muslims was “the culmination of decades of repression against religious adherents” in China, Nadel added.
The State Department’s annual report on religious freedom worldwide also details China’s persecution of the spiritual group Falun Gong.
Blinken announced that he was also imposing a visa ban on Chinese official Yu Hui and his family for his involvement in the arbitrary detention of Falun Gong practitioners.
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