The defense of human rights is an important point on the agenda fro President Donald Trump, and now his team is analyzing the option of accusing the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) of genocide for its human rights violations of the Uyghur Muslim minority in China.
There is much information about the abuses, including concentration camp work, forced abortions, and cultural destruction, which have been denounced for years by exiled Uighurs and human rights defenders.
The Department of State, the National Security Council, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, are conducting studies that would support the declaration of genocide, according to information from Politico on Aug. 25.
At an earlier stage, Trump imposed economic sanctions and visa restrictions on officials, companies, and banks involved in the persecution of Uighurs, and if the abuses escalated to genocide, these individuals could be tried by an international tribunal.
The CCP has a long history of human rights violations against various ethnic and religious groups, including against practitioners of Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, a spiritual practice.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the CCP to stop its 21-yearlong persecution of Falun Dafa in a July 20 statement.
“We call on the PRC [People’s Republic of China] government to immediately end its depraved abuse and mistreatment of Falun Gong practitioners,” Pompeo said. and he added, “Twenty-one years of persecution of Falun Gong practitioners is far too long, and it must end.”
A declaration of genocide must be brought before the U.N., and given the power of veto granted to the CCP, it would be a complex process. However, accusations of “crimes against humanity” or “ethnic cleansing” against the leaders who carry them out are also possible.
“The Chinese Communist Party’s atrocities also include the largest incarceration of an ethnic minority since World War II,” said John Ullyot, a U.S. National Security Council official, according to Politico.
He added, “Where the previous administration and many other world leaders have made speeches and empty rhetoric, President Trump has taken bold steps.”
Another crime committed by the CCP is the forced removal of organs from prisoners of conscience, which it sells as one of its forms of financing.
There is irrefutable evidence that the CCP is killing Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience for their organs, according to a report presented to the United Nations in Geneva on Sept. 24, 2019, by the China Tribunal.
International human rights lawyer Hamid Sabi testified before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), “The commission of crimes against humanity, against Falun Gong, and Uighur people has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.” He added, “For years throughout China on a significant scale … and continues today.”