The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a long-awaited report on Aug. 31, 2022 on Chinese government abuses in Xinjiang. Broadly, the report concluded that “serious human rights violations have been committed,” including “arbitrary and discriminatory detention of members of Uyghur and other predominantly Muslim groups,” which it asserted “may constitute international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity.”
The report follows years of attention by human rights groups and the international community over mounting evidence that the Chinese government has used ambiguous “anti-terrorism” and “anti-extremism” policies to justify the persecution of Uyghur and other Muslim-minority groups in the country’s western region of Xinjiang.
It is critical that U.S. companies and individuals be aware of the large-scale human rights abuses perpetrated by the PRC government in Xinjiang. Businesses should evaluate their exposure to the risks that result from partnering with, investing in, and otherwise providing support to companies that operate in or are linked to Xinjiang.
The People’s Republic of China has arbitrarily detained more than one million Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim minorities in China’s far western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is carrying out a mass detention and political indoctrination campaign against Uyghurs, who are predominantly Muslim, and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang), a large region in western China.