On Tuesday, the United States led more than 30 countries in condemning what it called China’s “horrific campaign of repression” against Muslims in the western region of Xinjiang during an event on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly that was condemned by China.
Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said the United Nations and its member states had “a singular responsibility to speak up when survivor after survivor recounts the horrors of state repression.” He referred to the violence against Uighurs and other Muslims in China.
Mr. Sullivan said it was necessary for U.N. member states to make sure the world body was able to closely observe human rights abuses by China and added that it must seek “immediate, unhindered, and unmonitored” access to Xinjiang for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR).
He further stated the event of Tuesday was co-sponsored by Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, and Britain and it was attended by more than 30 U.N. states, representatives of the European Union and more than 20 nongovernmental organizations, as well as Uighur victims.
“We invite others to join the international effort to demand and compel an immediate end to China’s horrific campaign of repression,” he said.
“History will judge the international community for how we respond to this attack on human rights and fundamental freedoms,” he added.
The deputy managing director for Asia of the European External Action Service, Paola Pampaloni stated that the EU was was “alarmed” by the situation. “We are concerned about … information about mistreatment and torture,” she said. “China is always inviting us to the camps under their conditions, we are in negotiations right now for terms and conditions for free access.”
The U.S. President has also told several times to end religious persecution. “Americans will never .. tire in our effort to promote freedom of worship and religion. We want and support religious liberty for all,” Trump said.
David Stilwell, U.S. Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs told reporters at a briefing, “Volume is coming up at a pace that we hope that the Beijing government recognizes not only U.S. but the global concern about this situation.”
“We will see how that plays out and how Beijing reacts and take it from there,” he added.