The United States once again accused the Chinese regime of carrying out a "genocide against the Uighurs

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The United States once again accused the Chinese regime of carrying out a "genocide against the Uighurs" in the Xinjiang region.

Human rights groups believe that at least one million people, predominantly Muslim, have been imprisoned in the country's northwestern region. Beijing has also been accused of forcibly sterilizing women and imposing forced labor.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Uighurs. They survived concentration camps in China's Xinjiang region on Tuesday in an attempt to promote human rights and highlight Beijing's "genocide" against the group. Muslim minority.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a study of the Round Table Meeting that the top US diplomat met with seven survivors, lawyers, and their families in Xinjiang.

The purpose, Price said, was to "demonstrate the United States' commitment to the People's Republic of China's demand for an end to crimes against humanity and ongoing genocide against Uighurs and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang." To help me. "

"The United States will continue to put human rights at the forefront of our policy toward China and will always support the voices of activists, survivors, and families of victims who courageously denounce these atrocities," said Price, who did not name the meeting participants.

Human rights groups believe that at least one million Uighurs and other minorities, predominantly Muslim, have been imprisoned in camps in the northwest region. China is also accused of forcibly sterilizing women and imposing forced labor.

In addition, they denounce that thousands of families have been separated as a result of the human rights violations perpetrated by the Beijing regime.

In a report, Amnesty International (AI) detailed the stories of six parents residing in Australia, Canada, Turkey, the Netherlands, and Italy. Mehrabian Kader and her husband, Ablikim Memtinin, escaped to this last destination in 2016. The document indicates that they fled after suffering constant harassment by the police, who asked them to hand over their passports.

The four children of this couple were left in the care of Kader's parents, also treated with hostility by the police to the point of resulting in the grandmother's internment in one of the camps, which Beijing says are part of a program against Islamic extremism. in Xinjiang.

Kader's father, meanwhile, was questioned and later spent several months in hospital. According to AI, this left the minors without any guardianship. After what happened to our parents, the rest of our relatives did not dare to take care of their children. They were afraid they would send them to the centers.

More than one million Uighurs and other Muslims in China's western Xinjiang region are currently being held in large-scale concentration camps, prisons, and other jails, where they are subjected to psychological pressure, torture, and systematic rape. Outside of these correctional institutions in the region, the Chinese government has maintained constant vigilance using modern technology. Guards sent by Beijing are also erasing Uighur features in the area, destroying mosques and pilgrimage sites, razing traditional neighborhoods, and suppressing the Uighur language.

The Uighurs are the leading ethnic group in Xinjiang. They are predominantly Muslim, speak their language of Turkish origin, and maintain a culture different from that of the Han population in China. According to Chinese government figures, there are 12 million Uighurs in Xinjiang, a drop of water compared to China's 1.4 billion people.

China's brutal behavior in Xinjiang not only reflects the country's increasingly authoritarian turn under the presidency of Xi Jinping or the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Instead, the repression of the Uyghurs stems from a fundamentally colonial relationship between Beijing and a territory that it conquered long ago but did not fully incorporate modern China or allow genuine autonomy.