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Pompeo: Leaks confirm China's abuses in Xinjiang

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Published on November 26, 2019 - Duration: 01:35s

Pompeo: Leaks confirm China's abuses in Xinjiang

Recently leaked documents confirm that China committed human rights abuses of Uighurs and other minority groups, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters at a news conference on Tuesday (November 26).

Zachary Goelman reports.

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Pompeo: Leaks confirm China's abuses in Xinjiang

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday (November 26) told reporters that recently leaked documents confirm China committed human rights abuses against up to a million members of a Muslim minority group.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO, SAYING: "These reports are consistent with an overwhelming, growing body of evidence that the Chinese Communist Party has committed human rights violations and abuses against individuals in mass detentions." United Nations experts and activists say at least 1 million Uighurs and members of other largely Muslim minority groups have been detained in camps.

An international group of journalists this week released classified Chinese government documents that describe the repressive inner workings of detention camps in western Xinjiang.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO, SAYING: "It's not random, and that it is intentional, and that it is ongoing.

So I think those papers confirm that.

I think the world can see that." Reuters was unable to independently verify the authenticity of the documents.

China's foreign ministry on Monday (November 25) slammed reports of mass detentions as false, and said its efforts in Xinjiang are meant to combat violent extremism.

(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, GENG SHUANG, SAYING (NOV 25): "Certain media are trying to smear China's counter-terrorism and de-radicalization efforts in Xinjiang by despicably hyping up Xinjiang-related issues, but their attempts will not succeed.

Stability, ethnic solidarity and harmony in Xinjiang is the best response to such disinformation." The leaks come amid a rising international outcry over China's broader human rights record in Xinjiang.

The United States has led more than 30 countries in condemning what it called a "horrific campaign of repression."

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