On Wednesday, legislation from The House of Representatives aims to push President Joe Biden to stop the brutal genocide of the minority Uighur group in China.
The bipartisan bill, HR 3306, was authored by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) and co-sponsored by Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-N.Y.), demands Biden’s attention on the ongoing mistreatment of the Uighurs in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR).
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) conducted the suppression of innocent citizens. The CCP has long been known for human rights abuses smelling like Nazi Germany.
“We know more about what’s going on in China right now than we knew about what was going on in Germany at the time. But it’s eerily similar that there’s just these outright abuses of people taking place and we haven’t been able to bring it to the wider public’s knowledge yet,” commissioner of the legislation Tom Suozzi told Axios.
The Uighur population extends to around 12 million individuals who have a distinct culture and language. Under the disguise of combatting terrorism, thousands of them have been forcefully put in “re-education” facilities in Xinjiang, as the CCP describes it, and suffered wrongful abuses that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said were “genocide and crimes against humanity.”
Similar remarks were made by the then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in January, who acknowledged that inside the internment camps that the CCP operated, the detainees suffered torture, forced sterilization, and indoctrination. This repression includes the Uighurs and other Chinese citizens whose religion or spiritual practice was categorized as to be dispensed with.
“After careful examination of the available facts, I have determined that since at least March 2017, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), under the direction and control of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has committed crimes against humanity against the predominantly Muslim Uighurs and other members of ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang,” Pompeo said in a statement and reported by Axios.
According to a report from govinfo, the other religious groups are unregistered Christian churches, Tibetan Buddhists, Falun Gong practitioners, and other religious adherents.
The CCP has refused such allegations, responding to the Western countries’ sanctions on their officials for the crimes as “based on nothing but lies and disinformation,” the BBC reported. The outlet contrasted the CCP’s words with its February article on the first-hand testimony of a Uighur survivor, who confirmed mass rape, sexual abuse, torture, with some being taken away from the cells at night, never to be seen again.
“It is designed to destroy everyone’s spirit,” a survivor told BBC.
The detainees under the CCP’s hands are also subjected to forced organ harvesting, a practice that Falun Gong practitioners from China, who were also a target of suppression, have reported on for decades.