A U.S. agency is seeking sanctions against the People's Republic of China for human rights abuses, particularly against a minority group of Muslims.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is calling for the United States to take action and place the world's most populous country on a State Department "blacklist" of the world's worst abusers of religious freedoms (related article). Brynne Lawrence of ChinaAid explains that one of the reasons is the continuing persecution of Muslim Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).
"For the past couple of years, they have been rounded up by the millions and sent to internment camps where they are starved, tortured, and even forced to take medication that's suspected of interfering with their reproductive system," she tells OneNewsNow.
According to Lawrence, Muslim children have been removed from families and placed in boarding schools. Regardless, China was awarded a seat on the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, which investigates and reports on abuses.
Lawrence says the USCIRF wants action, including freezing of assets of Chinese government officials responsible for the treatment of the Uyghurs, and barring those individuals from entering the United States. "I think China Aid would also be in favor of not having economic ties to [those] officials in this region specifically," she adds.
China also continues its crackdown on Christian churches – demolishing many of them, arresting members, requiring congregations sing patriotic songs along with hymns, and demanding preachers preach the communist agenda along with their Christian messages.