Evidence has been tabled before the US congress in a committee report alleging that China may have committed genocide in Xinjiang. The report is the latest in a long series of indictments of China’s treatment of Uighurs and other non-Han racial minorities.
China has come under intense international criticism over its policies in Xinjiang.
China possibly carried out genocide against Uighur muslims in its northwestern region of Xinjiang, a bipartisan commission of the US Congress said in its report.
The Congressional-Executive Commission on China said “new evidence emerged that crimes against humanity — and possibly genocide— are occurring” in Xinjiang.
“Disturbing new evidence has also emerged of a systematic and widespread policy of forced sterilization and birth suppression of the Uyghur and other minority populations,” the report said.
It also cited a 2017 policy document that showed school children in the region were involuntarily separated from their families.
“These trends suggest that the Chinese government is intentionally working to destroy Uyghur and other minority families, culture, and religious adherence, all of which should be considered when determining whether the Chinese government is responsible for perpetrating atrocity crimes—including genocide—against Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other Turkic and predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in China,” the report added.