World Leaders Silent On China's Xinjiang Ethnocide

Anders Corr

The detention of one to three million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang is now leading to scattered international criticism and some calls for sanctions against Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders to force China to desist in its policy of ethnocide. Turkey has led criticism of China as it shares Islam and Turkic culture with the Uyghurs.

On Feb. 24, activists held simultaneous events in nine countries to educate the public about Xinjiang. Some United Nations entities have challenged China’s abuse of the Uyghurs, including the U.N. Committee to Eliminate Racial Discrimination in August 2018 and the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in September 2018.

Academics and journalists have signed public letters condemning the repression. The U.S. State Department has issued criticism of China. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs have taken the lead on the Xinjiang issue in the U.S. government. Last October, Malaysia defied China and freed 11 Uyghurs, who flew to freedom in Turkey. They had been held in detention since November 2017 after escaping from detention in Thailand.

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