“We feel sad during the month of Ramadan because of reports that Uighurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang are refraining from fasting,” the US State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom said Friday in a tweet.
Where the US State Department expressed its sadness over reports that Muslims in the Xinjiang region in China abstained from fasting for fear of being considered extremists and placing them in detention centers.
The Office of Religious Freedom urged China to end its atrocities and repression in Xinjiang, northwest China.
At least one million people from the Uyghur minority and predominantly Muslim communities are being held in camps in Xinjiang, according to human rights organizations that also accuse Beijing of forcibly sterilizing women and imposing forced labor.
China vehemently denies this, and says, “These camps are vocational training centers aimed at keeping the population away from religious extremism and separatism tendencies.”
Last month, the United States imposed sanctions on Chinese officials for their role in serious human rights violations against the Muslim Uyghur minority in Xinjiang.
The US decision came after the announcement of an agreement between the member states of the European Union to impose sanctions on four people and a Chinese entity due to violations in Xinjiang.
In coordination with other countries, Canada also announced new sanctions on four officials and a Chinese entity for their participation in flagrant and systematic violations of human rights in the Xinjiang Uyghur region.