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On the last full day of Donald Trump’s presidential administration, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has classified the actions against Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region of China as genocide. Secretary Pompeo wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal explaining the decision:
The facts are chilling. Since 2017, the Communist Party has forced more than a million people into internment camps in the Xinjiang region, on the pretext that they need “re-education.” Arbitrary and indefinite detentions lasting months or years at a time are common inside this modern gulag. Survivors tell of torture, sexual abuse including rape, forced labor, the use of electric shock to extract false confessions, and unexplained deaths in custody. Uighurs scarcely fare better outside the camps—Xinjiang has become a proving ground for an Orwellian surveillance state.