U.S. lawmakers have reintroduced legislation that would hold China accountable for rights abuses against ethnic Uyghurs in its Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), where more than 1 million people are believed to have been held in “political re-education camps” over the past two years.
In recent years, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities have been constantly increasing the intensity of their crackdown on religious freedom. They often aggressively attack foreign missionaries evangelizing in China, on the grounds of “resisting foreign religious infiltration.” As a result, many foreign missionaries have been arrested and forcibly deported by the CCP.
China’s Ambassador to the U.S. has threatened retaliation if Washington sanctions Beijing over human rights abuses in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), drawing condemnation from observers who say officials responsible for the violations must be held to account for their actions.
Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are secretly transferring Uyghur detainees to prisons in Heilongjiang province and other areas throughout the country to address an “overflow” in the region’s overcrowded political “re-education camps,” according to officials.
A public letter urging the Chinese government to stop its “violent actions” against Christians has been signed by some 279 church leaders in the country, reports the St. Charles Institute.
In central Henan province alone, two-thirds of churches have closed and more than 7,000 crosses have been demolished after pressure from authorities.