Following a report detailing the situation of minority Muslims in China’s Xinjiang area, detailing that China’s ruling Communist Party is using force to get them sterilized, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has condemned the reported practice. It also includes the minorities being pressured into getting abortions and being coerced into family planning, which Pompeo finds "shocking" and "disturbing."

Like President Trump, Pompeo has long been a vocal critic of China, especially the multiple reports of how Muslims in Xinjiang are treated. Commenting on the latest report, Pompeo that such practices that the Chinese Communist Party has been allegedly practicing for decades “demonstrate an utter disregard for the sanctity of human life and basic human dignity."

"We call on the Chinese Communist Party to immediately end these horrific practices and ask all nations to join the United States in demanding an end to these dehumanizing abuses,” he said in his statement.

The mentioned report has been compiled by German researcher Adrian Zenz and published by the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation think-tank.

In his report, Zenz stated that his findings pose as evidence that Beijing's policies in Xinjiang flout the genocide criteria cited in the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide by "imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group."

To corroborate his findings, Zenz pointed out the Chinese government documents that show that the natural population growth in Xinjiang had fallen "dramatically," especially in its two largest Uighur Muslim prefectures, it fell by 84% between 2015 and 2018.

While the Chinese embassy refuted the allegations as “simply groundless and false”, documents, dating back to 2019, in the report revealed plans for a campaign to carry out mass female sterilization of at least 34% of all married, rural minority women of childbearing age in two Uighur counties, who have three or more children.

"Budget figures indicate that this project had sufficient funding for performing hundreds of thousands of tubal ligation sterilization procedures in 2019 and 2020," Zenz wrote, adding that by 2019, 80 percent women in Xinjiang’s four southern minority districts to be subjected to birth prevention surgeries, get intrauterine devices, or be forced to undergo sterilizations.

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