US Commission On International Religious Freedom Warns That China Is Committing Genocide Against Uighurs, Urges Investigation

US Commission On International Religious Freedom Warns That China Is Committing Genocide Against Uighurs, Urges Investigation


The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)  warned that the Chinese Community Party may be perpetrating genocide against the country’s Muslim populations, and urged the U.S. to investigate whether the actions meet the legal definition for genocide, the commission announced in a statement Tuesday.

The statement follows an investigation by the Associated Press that found that the Chinese government is committing “demographic genocide” against Uighur Muslims through forced abortions, birth control, mass detentions and imprisonment.

An ethnic Uyghur girl waits in a beauty salon to have her hair done before the Corban festival on September 8, 2016 in Turpan County, in the far western Xinjiang province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

An ethnic Uyghur girl waits in a beauty salon to have her hair done before the Corban festival on September 8, 2016 in Turpan County, in the far western Xinjiang province, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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“It’s evident from the Chinese government’s own data that the Communist Party’s policies are clearly designed to prevent population growth for the Uyghur, Kazakh, and other Turkic Muslim peoples,” USCIRF Commissioner Nury Turkel said in the statement. 

“We

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