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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the State Department announced it would officially designate the Chinese Communist Party’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang as crimes against humanity and a genocide. The China Task Force, led by House Foreign Affairs Lead Republican Michael McCaul, urged the State Department last year to evaluate the situation as a possible genocide. Below is a statement from Rep. McCaul.

“I have said for months the Chinese Communist Party’s crimes against Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities amount to genocide. So I am pleased the State Department followed the recommendation of the China Task Force to evaluate the situation, and that the United States has now officially labeled the CCP’s actions crimes against humanity and genocide. The United States does not apply these terms lightly. I hope today’s designation will motivate the nations, businesses, and people of the world to reconsider the ways they entangle themselves with a brutal, communist dictatorship that is guilty of committing genocide against its own people.”