FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brooke Prieskorn, Communications Coordinator
HOUSTON, JAN. 20, 2021 – Minaret Foundation was pleased to hear, in a statement made yesterday by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, that the US State Department has formally recognized China’s actions against Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities as genocide.
“Today marks a major milestone in our fight against the ongoing Uyghur genocide,” says Minaret Foundation Sr. International Relations Associate Samra Hafeez. “We are hopeful this will encourage other countries to follow suit, and that international pressure will force China to reevaluate their actions.”
“This statement signals not only a change in our relationship with China in the coming years, but also in the realignment of U.S. policy with its fundamental beliefs, namely that all men are created equal, and deserve the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” said Minaret Foundation Board Member Imam Dr. Waleed Basyouni.
For decades China has been working to make Uyghur life untenable, including sending up to two million Uyghurs to internment camps, where they’re subjected to religious and political indoctrination programs, and also to forced sterilization, abortion, and separation of family.
These policies have one purpose: to eradicate the Uyghur people, and are in direct opposition to both the values represented by the United States of America and those we hold as people of faith. We are pleased to see our great country defend these values through the denouncement of China’s actions.
Minaret Foundation’s mission is to uplift American Muslim voices for sustainable change through multi-faith and civic engagement. We are a non-sectarian organization and a 501(c)3.