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US: China's Treatment of Uighurs 'Biggest Threat to Religious Freedom'

US: China's Treatment of Uighurs 'Biggest Threat to Religious Freedom'

Thursday, 29 October, 2020 - 10:15
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (C) speaks to Muslim youth leaders in Jakarta, Indonesia, 29 October 2020. EPA/ADI WEDA

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday described China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims as the biggest threat to religious freedom during an address to the youth wing of Indonesia’s largest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama.


Pompeo, who is visiting the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation as part of a regional trip to bolster trade and security ties, urged Indonesians to search for the facts regarding the treatment of Uighur Muslims in the Chinese province of Xinjiang.


Pompeo said China had brutalized its Uighur minority in Xinjiang province, corralling them in huge detention centers.


In his address, he also accused China of separating Uighur children from their parents and imposing sterilizations.


China denies mistreating Uighurs and says the camps are vocational training centers.


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