Congress calls out China over persecuted Uyghurs

Friday, January 3, 2020
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Uyghur prisonersThe United States may soon take action against China for imprisoning minority groups.

A bill in Congress would allow the U.S. to implement sanctions against China over the mass incarceration of minority groups, especially Muslims known as Uyghurs who live in the northwest region of China.

Brynne Lawrence of China Aid, who is well aware of the persecution, says the bill states approximately 800,000 Uyghurs (pictured at left) have been imprisoned by China’s communist regime.

“But the U.N. has actually put the number more at one million,” she advises. “And we've heard estimates by experts of up to three million.”

China monitors and arrests numerous ethnic minorities including the Turkish-speaking Uyghurs, who live in the Xinjiang region along with other Muslim minorities including the Kazaksh, Uzbeks, and Tajiks according to an analysis at website The Conversation.  

A former prisoner told the Epoch Times he was whisked away at night, with a black sack over his face, by Chinese officials, which started a six-month imprisonment that included torture in a reeducation camp. 

Omir Bekli claimed he was tortured after refusing to sign patriotic songs about the Chinese Community Party, and was beaten and starved until he obeyed. 

A second prisoner, a female, told The Epoch Times that women are routinely raped, and she witnessed women being killed by lethal injection.  

China's official statement is the Uyghurs are behind bars for vocational training, though Lawrence points out that would mean professionals at the top of their fields are in need of job training.

“The survivors of these camps, who are coming out, are saying that they are essentially being starved and tortured until they pledge allegiance to the Communist Party,” Lawrence tells OneNewsNow.

The House has passed and sent to the Senate a bill that, if signed into law, would permit the U.S. to sanction Chinese officials involved in the persecution of the minority groups.

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