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Pompeo: China's Mistreatment of Muslim Minority Is ‘Stain of the Century’ 

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that China's mistreatment of its Uighur Muslim minority had created one of the most significant human rights crises in contemporary world history.    Speaking at a conference on religious freedom in Washington, Pompeo said, "China is home to one of the worst human rights crises of our time" and that "it is truly the stain of the century."    The nation's top diplomat also accused Chinese government officials of intimidating countries to keep them from attending the conference and said the U.S. had "taken note" of the countries that succumbed to China. While not naming them, Pompeo urged the countries to "find the courage" to stand up to China.    Pompeo said earlier this week that representatives of more than 100 countries would attend the three-day conference that ends Thursday, but a State Department spokesman could not confirm the number.    "We know the Chinese government called countries specifically to discourage participation," the spokesman said, but "we cannot prove the exact number they successfully impacted."FILE - Uighurs and their supporters protest in front of the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations in New York, March 15, 2018.The Chinese government has dismissed accusations it violated rights to religious freedom. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a Beijing news briefing Thursday that "this situation of so-called religious persecution does not exist."     Lu also said China "demand[s] that the United States correctly view China's religious policies and the status of religious freedom in China, and stop using the issue of religion to interfere in other countries' affairs."    U.N. experts and activists contend China has placed at least 1 million ethnic Uighurs in detention centers. Nearly two dozen countries on the U.N. Human Rights Council earlier this month called on China to stop... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Pompeo: China's Mistreatment of Muslim Minority Is ‘Stain of the Century’ , simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Pompeo: China's Mistreatment of Muslim Minority Is ‘Stain of the Century’ 

 

 

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