TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On Nov. 28 in Washington D.C., the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) held a hearing on the Chinese Communist Party’s suppression of religious communities.
The hearing, headed by Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Chris Smith, was focused mainly on the increasingly disturbing reports of persecution against the Uyghur ethnic minority in Xinjiang, as well as suppressive campaigns targeting other religious groups.
Rubio noted the “709 Crackdown” in his opening remarks, observing that it is not only the religious groups being persecuted, but also the organizations and individuals who advocate and petition the Chinese government on behalf of these groups.
Commenting on a survivor’s account of the internment camps and psychological conditioning programs in Xinjiang that may have interned more than a million people, Marco Rubio said the following:
“China’s suppression of religious faith and religious communities is real. It is evil, it is too horrendous to ignore.”
Before the hearing, CECC members reportedly received so much documentary evidence and so many personal statements on the situation in China from survivors and advocates that Rubio said it would take forever to document all of it.
One survivor of the internment camps, Mihrigul Tursun, testified before the CECC that she suffered horrendously when she was arrested for her activism in Xinjiang in 2017. She also said that even in the United States, she continues to be followed and harassed by CCP agents.
Mihrigul Tursun has her testimony read to the CECC (Screen grab from YouTube)
A press release from the office of Senator Rubio declared the following.
“In the 21st century, we must not, cannot, and should not, accept the mass internment of individuals based on their religious faith on the basis of their cultural identity; nor can we accept the efforts to stamp out all “unofficial” religious communities in China that maintain as a matter of faith that they do not want to be beholden to the leadership of the Chinese government.”
Rubio correctly observed that Beijing’s suppression of religious groups and ethnic minorities, is out of a desire to stamp out competing ideologies that could threaten the Chinese Communist Party’s monopoly on power in the country.
To accomplish such goals, Rubio declared that CCP has been “extremely ruthless” in their attempts to strip the native people in regions like Xinjiang and Tibet of their very identities.
Recently, fifteen diplomatic envoys to China sent a letter of concern with a petition to the Chinese Communist party in Xinjiang, in response to international outcry over the brutal martial law and forced internment of Uyghurs.
The full CECC hearing entitled "The Communist Party's Crackdown on Religion in China" can be viewed below.