The Trump administration is taking concrete action to combat human rights abuses in China against ethnic Uighur Muslims, who are deprived of their liberty by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and are subjected to a harsh policy of birth control, a senior U.S. official told the Washington Free Beacon.
The official spoke in detail about the background of 13 policy measures the White House has implemented since 2017 to hold the CCP accountable for its treatment of Uighurs in the Xinjiang region of northern China.
Among the measures addressed are the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Law, implemented earlier this year, and the defunding of U.N. programming that cooperates with China.
According to John Ullyot, spokesman for the National Security Council, “Where the previous administration and many other world leaders delivered speeches and empty rhetoric, President Trump has taken bold action.”
“President Trump’s policies have demonstrated that every person—the born and unborn, the poor, the downcast, the disabled, the infirm, and the elderly—has inherent value,” Ullyot added.
As the Trump administration has identified, the CCP’s repression of the Uighurs “include horrific acts against women including forced abortion, forced sterilization and other coercive birth-control methods, forced labor, sexual violence including rape in detention, compulsory home-stays by Han officials, and forced marriages.”
In 2018, Human Right Watch described the arbitrary mass detention, torture, forced political indoctrination, and mass surveillance of Xinjiang’s Muslims by the CCP.
The human rights organization also documented a massive and indiscriminate collection of biometric DNA data from voice samples by authorities, and their use of that data to track residents of the region.
A report issued by Human Right Watch in February of this year states, “Chinese authorities continue to enjoy impunity for these systematic rights violations. Muslim-majority countries, including democracies such as Malaysia and Indonesia, have remained largely silent.”
“While some governments have pressured China to allow independent observers into the region, China has ignored them; only the United States has imposed some sanctions on police and businesses in Xinjiang,” the NGO added.
Recent reports by Radio Free Asia and the American Enterprise Institute describe how the CCP executes late-term abortions and infanticide in Uighur Muslim communities, as well as the economic declines resulting from population control measures, including policies such as “the only child.”
According to William Saunders, professor at the Catholic University of America, by not recognizing Uighurs’ religious freedom, rule of law, and even the ability to have children, the CCP was moving away from a culture that promotes life.
“Those [rights] are all essential for any society to even begin to approach a culture of life. To the extent that those are denied, then you’re building a culture of death,” Saunders said.
Chinese decreasing population growth
As the Washington Free Beacon has reported, current demographic patterns show that there is a reduction in the growth of the Uighur population. While Chinese women report a low birth rate, leaving population levels below replacement, the country’s elites have emigrated at high rates over the past decade.
The abuses against the Uighur ethnic group documented over the years are just one example of the repressive campaign that the Chinese Communist Party has waged against any form of expression of belief, which may be contrary to the CCP’s guidelines.
Recently U.S. Department of State spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus reiterated that the Council of State urges the CCP to put a definitive end to the persecution against the practitioners of the spiritual discipline known as Falun Gong.
Through an email issued weeks ago, Ortagus pointed out, “Since 1999, the Communist Party of China has been trying to eliminate the spiritual belief in Falun Gong, peaceful Falun Gong practitioners, and human rights defenders fighting for the right to believe in China.”
“We demand that the Chinese government [CCP] immediately stop the despicable abuse of Falun Gong practitioners, release those imprisoned for their beliefs, and account for the whereabouts of the missing [Falun Gong] practitioners,” the letter said.