After the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was accused by the Trump administration of genocide, for the systematic persecution of millions of Uighurs and other members of ethnic and religious minorities, it announced that it would not give visas to 28 U.S. leaders.

For the CCP, denouncing the genocide is equivalent to threatening its sovereignty, and in retaliation it will not allow Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, former assistant to former President Donald Trump Peter K. Navarro, National Security Adviser Robert C. O’Brien, nor 25 other federal officials who intervened in defense of freedom to enter the territory, Bloomberg reported on Jan. 20.

Pompeo in particular has been a strong advocate for human rights around the world, and the atrocities of the Chinese communist regime were not lost on him. 

“After careful examination of the available facts, I have determined that the People’s Republic of China, under the direction and control of the CCP, has committed genocide against predominantly Muslim Uighurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang,” Pompeo said in the Jan. 19 statement.

Pompeo also determined that the CCP committed crimes against humanity in the region, referring to the detention of more than 1 million Uighur Muslims subjecting the population to forced labor, forced sterilization, and torture followed by death.

Organizations representing the Uighurs such as the Government of East Turkistan in Exile (ETGE) and the National Awakening Movement of East Turkistan (ETNAM) submitted evidence to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on genocide and other human rights violations ordered by senior CCP officials.

The report alleges that the CCP is using forced sterilization, forced abortion, and coercive planning against Turkic minorities (mainly Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and Uighurs).

Six months earlier, the administration of President Donald Trump called on the CCP to stop its 21-year persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, an ancient Chinese spiritual practice that it has been trying to eradicate since 1999.

“We call on the government of the People’s Republic of China to immediately end its depraved abuse and mistreatment of Falun Gong practitioners,” Pompeo said in a statement on Monday, July 20.

Pompeo also urged the CCP to release those imprisoned for their beliefs and address the whereabouts of missing practitioners.

“Twenty-one years of persecution of Falun Gong practitioners is too long and must end,” Pompeo said.