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US Holocaust Museum says Chinese repression of Uighurs increasing

Demonstrators supporting Tibetans, Uyghurs and Hong Kongers take part in a protest against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to coincide with the 72nd National Day of the People's Republic of China, as they march along Regent Street towards the Chinese Embassy, in London, on October 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
Demonstrators supporting Tibetans, Uyghurs and Hong Kongers take part in a protest against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to coincide with the 72nd National Day of the People's Republic of China, as they march along Regent Street towards the Chinese Embassy, in London, on October 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

WASHINGTON — The US Holocaust Memorial Museum says it has compiled evidence of increasing government repression against Uighur Muslims in China’s western Xinjiang region.

In a new report released today, the museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide says there is now “a reasonable basis” to believe that previously alleged crimes against humanity versus the Uighurs are growing amid a concerted campaign to hide their severity.

“The Chinese government has done its best to keep information about crimes against the Uyghurs from seeing the light of day,” says Tom Bernstein, the chairman of the museum’s Committee on Conscience. “The Chinese government must halt its attacks on the Uyghur people and allow independent international monitors to investigate and ensure that the crimes have stopped.”

China has repeatedly rejected charges of human rights abuses and atrocities in the region.

The new findings include allegations of forced sterilization, sexual violence, enslavement, torture and forcible transfer. The US government has already determined that China’s actions against Xinjiang’s Uighur Muslim and other minority populations amount to genocide.

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