Washington: US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien has severely reprimanded China as he said, ‘Chinese regime is committing horrific atrocities against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang and are close to genocide. In the last month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had indicated that Chinese internment camps as also the crimes against humanity in Xinjiang could be termed as genocide. Recently, at the UN General Assembly, the European nations had presented the matter concerning the Uyghur abuses.
In an event held by the US-based think tank Aspen Institute, US National Security Advisor O’Brien sharply criticised the human rights violations perpetrated by the Chinese regime. O’Brien highlighted China’s continued oppression in Hong Kong, activities in Tibet and atrocities against Uyghur Muslims from Xinjiang. As he elaborated on the detention camps, O’Brien accused the Chinese agencies of forcefully shaving heads of Uyghur women and selling them on a large-scale to the US and other countries. Further, he informed that the US agencies had taken action against such products, which were a result of Uyghurs in Xinjiang being subjected to abuse and forced labour, in the past few months.
In the last few years, reports on abuse being carried out by the Chinese ruling party has consistently surfaced, and the discontent against it is growing across the globe. A UN report in 2018, had made the startling revelation that 1.1 million Uyghurs were being held in concentration camps. After that, Western nations began to target China over the issue where the US and European nation were at the forefront.
The Trump administration has taken several decisions against Uyghur abuse. In June, President Donald Trump had even signed the Uyghur Human Rights Act. The law allows sanctioning Chinese officials. Then, in July, the US blacklisted 11 companies that were forcing the Uyghur community into modern-day slavery. The list included firms that supplied raw materials to leading companies such as Apple, Amazon and Microsoft. The US then sanctioned the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), a Chinese paramilitary organisation associated with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), in August.
Last month, over 130 UK lawmakers wrote an open letter to a Chinese envoy condemning the country against the gross human rights abuses. In the letter, the MPs had candidly accused the ruling Chinese regime of genocide. Even the US Secretary of State had mentioned the term genocide when he opened a barrage of criticism against the Chinese actions. Now, the US National Security Advisor has compared the torture of Uyghurs to genocide as he targeted China over the matter. The Chinese regime may therefore fall into considerable trouble since the US and European nations have termed the Chinese atrocities as being equivalent to genocide in recent times.