The United States has become the first country to condemn China for genocide over state persecution of the Uyghur people in the western Xinjiang province. In one of his final acts as Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, made the determination that the Chinese Communist Party has committed crimes against humanity,

“I have determined that since at least March 2017, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), under the direction and control of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has committed crimes against humanity against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other members of ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang.” – U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo

The U.S. State department outlined its findings in making the determination included that it found that the CCP has been responsible for

  • the arbitraty detention of more than one million civilians
  • forced sterilization
  • torture
  • forced labor
  • restrictions on the freedom of religion
  • restriction on the freedom of expression
  • restriction of the freedom of movement

The statement also makes the determination that there is an ongoing genocide of the Uyghurs population and of other ethnic and religious minority groups in the region and urges multilateral action via international courts to help the United States seek accountability from the Chinese Communist Party.