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Britain and Germany condemned China and called for an investigation after leaked documents on Tuesday revealed more details of China’s ongoing genocide against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has long claimed that its “re-education camps” are voluntary and serve only to eradicate extremism, but leaked documents and photos show the camps are far from voluntary. According to a public document database released by the Victims of the Communist Memorial Foundation (VOC), the text of a 2017 speech by a senior CCP official revealed an order to shoot for anyone who tried to flee.
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“If we all do our duty, Xinjiang will stabilize,” according to a translated copy provided by the VOC in a 2017 speech by former Xinjiang secretary Chen Quanguo. “If they run away, kill them. There won’t be a problem, because we allowed it long ago”,
The hacked documents were reportedly extracted from the CCP database and sent anonymously to the media and activists.
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British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the documents only add to the already overwhelming evidence of Chinese misconduct in the region.
Truss said, “New evidence shows the extraordinary scale of China’s targeting of Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities, including forced labor, severe restrictions on freedom of religion, separation of parents from their children, forced birth control and includes mass imprisonment.” Written in a statement.
The UK stands with our international partners in speaking out against China’s horrific persecution of Uighur Muslims and other minorities. We are committed to holding China accountable.”
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Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock echoed Britain’s demand for a thorough investigation into China’s activities in Xinjiang.
The US State Department has yet to respond to the leaked documents, and White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet began her visit to Xinjiang on Monday, but Chinese officials used COVID-19 restrictions to paralyze the mission. Bachelet agreed to live in a “closed loop” of persons predetermined by the CCP during his visit.
The State Department on Friday condemned China and Bachelet for their handling of the travel, saying the commissioner should not have consented to such restricted travel.
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