US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets survivors of Uyghur internment camp
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday met Uyghur survivors of internment camps in China’s Xinjiang region during a visit aimed at shedding light on Beijing’s alleged “genocide” against the Muslim minority group.
The top US diplomat met with seven survivors, lawyers and relatives of people still detained in Xinjiang, State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a report of the meeting.
The purpose of the meeting was to help show the United States’ commitment to “call for an end to crimes against humanity and genocide perpetrated by the People’s Republic of China against Uyghurs and other operatives. ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang, ”Price said.
“The United States will continue to put human rights at the forefront of its policy in China and will always support the voices of activists, survivors and family members of victims who courageously speak out against these atrocities.
Price did not name the meeting attendees.
Human rights groups believe at least a million Uyghurs and members of other minorities, mostly Muslims, have been held in camps in the northwest region, where China is also accused for having forcibly sterilized women and for having imposed forced labor.
China vehemently denies the allegations of genocide and rights violations.
His Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the alleged “abuses, atrocities and genocide … cannot be blamed on China.”
“American lies have long been exposed by the real truth of stability and prosperity in Xinjiang, where people live and work in peace and contentment,” he told reporters in Beijing.
Beijing denies pushing Uyghurs into forced labor camps, insisting that they participate in training programs, labor programs and better education that have helped eradicate extremism in the region.
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