Pompeo takes aim at China at religious freedom conference

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Source: Associated Press

By MATTHEW LEE

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said that China was responsible for the “stain of the century” of human rights abuses, citing mass detentions of Muslims and other minorities.

Pompeo denounced China for its large-scale detentions in the western Xinjiang region , where an estimated 1 million Muslim Uighurs, Kazakhs and other minorities are believed to be held in internment camps.

China is “home to one of the worst human rights crises of our time,” Pompeo said at an international religious freedom conference that he hosted. He also accused China of intimidating countries into staying away from the gathering.

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