Chinese regime broadens repressions in 2020 – report

The Chinese regime has this past year broadened its repression of groups domestically while ramping up human rights violations around the world, a bipartisan U.S. congressional commission warned in its annual report, according to The Epoch Times.

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) said in the report released on Jan. 14 that the “Chinese Communist Party has taken unprecedented steps to extend their repressive policies through censorship, intimidation, and the detention of people in China for exercising their fundamental human rights.”

It said that new evidence emerged last year that “crimes against humanity—and possibly genocide—are occurring” in the region of Xinjiang, where Beijing has subjected Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities to a vast campaign of repression including detention, forced labor, forced sterilization, and mass surveillance.

In Hong Kong, Beijing “dismantled” the “one country, two systems” framework that it had promised upon the city’s reversion to Chinese rule by imposing the controversial national security law in July 2020, the report said. The law, it said, was “clearly meant to target, intimidate, and silence Hong Kong’s robust civil society.”

The report called for a formal U.S. “determination on whether atrocities are being committed” in Xinjiang, and such a determination is required within 90 days of U.S. legislation passed on Dec. 27, 2020.

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