Joe Biden expresses ‘solidarity’ with China’s Uyghur Muslims
President Joe Biden on Thursday expressed his “solidarity” with China’s beleaguered Uighur minority in a message to Muslims around the world as they mark the holy month of Ramadan.
“Along with our partners, the United States stands in solidarity with Muslims who continue to face oppression, including Uyghurs in the People’s Republic of China, Rohingyas in Burma, and other Muslim communities facing persecution around the world. “, Biden said in a statement.
“During this sacred time of reflection, the United States also reaffirms its support for Muslim communities who are suffering hardship and devastation,” Biden said, referring to the earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria and the victims floods in Pakistan.
“Today in particular, we remember the universal human right to practice, pray and preach our religions peacefully and openly.”
Biden’s spotlight on the Uyghurs – who the US government says are the subject of genocide by Chinese communist authorities – came at a time of high tension between Washington and Beijing.
According to rights groups, Uyghurs are incarcerated en masse in forced labor camps and prohibited from expressing their culture. Beijing says the ethnic minority is not being suppressed and any security measures in their northwest region of Xinjiang are a response to a terrorist threat.
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