SHAFAQNA- The US ambassador for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback slams China over Uighur Muslims abuses, requesting a visit to the nation’s mass internment camps in the western region of Xinjiang.
In a strongly worded speech during a visit to Hong Kong, Brownback said Beijing was waging a “war with faith” and that it needed to respect the fundamental and “sacred right” of people to worship.
“It is a war they will not win,” he told an audience at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club.
“The Chinese Communist Party must hear the cries of its own people for religious freedom and act to correct its wrongs.”
Addressing the subject of China’s vast internment camps for Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, Brownback spoke of rights violations including torture, political indoctrination and forced labour. The camps reportedly hold more than a million ethnic Uighurs and people from other Muslim minorities,
“We don’t discuss internal matters about what’s being discussed about possible actions in any place around the world, the same for Xinjiang.”
But he reiterated a request for an open visit to such camps.
“I would like to have the opportunity to go, but not to just to be given a show. I want to get into the actual camps themselves and talk to people and interview them freely.”
He noted that Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997, with its strong rule of law and religious diversity, could serve as an example for China to follow in future.
“The gates of religious freedom will fly open in China and the iron curtain of religious persecution will come down. The Chinese government is currently on the wrong side of history,” said the former senator.
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers complained to the Trump administration on Monday that its response to abuses against China’s Muslim minority was inadequate months after it said it was looking into imposing sanctions, Reuters reported.
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