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As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, Reps. Jim Banks (R., Ind.) and Joe Wilson (R., S.C.), members of the House Armed Service Committee, wrote a letter to the State Department asking to designate the CCP’s atrocious oppression of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang as genocide.
The letter to Secretary Pompeo cited those leaked CCP documents published in the New York Times that the CCP issued official orders to “break their [Uyghurs] lineage, break their roots, break their connections, and break their origins.” This means the persecutions are done by the CCP, a state actor.
Banks and Wilson listed the CCP’s gruesome offenses, including torture, forced sterilizations, forced abortions, detention in concentration camps, forced separation of children from their parents, and enslavement, all of which reflect “an intent to destroy” the Muslim populations. This is a preponderance of evidence for the State Department to move forward with the genocide label.
The US has labeled foreign actions as genocide only twice in history. The most recent occasion is the labeling of ISIS as committing genocide against Christians and other minorities. Labeling the CCP as the culprit of genocide could trigger US interventions.
In fact, the US has already been taking small steps to address the CCP’s oppression of Muslim minorities. On Wednesday, the Customs and Border Protection started to ban the import of cotton and tomato products made by slave labors in Xinjiang. Acting Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli stated, “[The US] will prevent goods made by forced labor from entering our country, and we demand of Chinese to close their camps and stop their human rights violations.”
So far, the State Department declined to answer, specifically on their policy decisions. But their spokesman said that the US government will hold human rights violators in Communist China accountable and “impose costs on the individuals and entities that enable abuses.”