The Biden administration has called the Chinese government’s crackdown on Uighur Muslims and other ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang a “genocide.” The term ‘genocide’ is mentioned in the US State Department’s 2020 report on human rights practices released last Tuesday.
Towards the end of former US President Donald Trump’s administration, then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also first mentioned that Chinese authorities were carrying out genocide in Xinjiang. This time, however, the term “genocide” was officially used in a US government human rights assessment report.
“Genocide and crimes against humanity have been committed against Xinjiang Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic and religious groups throughout the year,” the report said. The U.S. State Department report cites crimes committed by Chinese authorities in Xinjiang, including the arbitrary detention or severe deprivation of more than one million civilians; Forced sterilization, forced abortion and forced adherence to China’s birth control policy; Rape; Torture of a large number of arbitrary detainees; Strict restrictions on forced employment and freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression and movement.
“Authorities often announce an investigation into the killings at the hands of the police, but they do not publish reports of police investigations or take any disciplinary action,” the report said.
The report was released by the US State Department at a time when tensions between China and the West are rising on various issues. “Many allegations of extrajudicial and unlawful killings have been leveled against the Chinese government and its various agents,” it said. However, in most cases very little information is available about these allegations and in many cases no information matches.
According to the report, the Chinese government is arbitrarily detaining Uyghurs in Xinjiang, as well as members of the Kazakh and Kyrgyz ethnic groups and other Muslim and ethnic minorities.
“The use of the term genocide in the report indicates the administration’s deep concern about the Chinese government’s human rights abuses against Uighurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and other minorities,” said Sophie Richardson, a China expert at Human Rights Watch. According to him, the next step is to formulate strategies to support an independent investigation, gather evidence and ensure accountability.
Source: The Financial Post.
Regarding Bangladesh-Saudi Arabia relations, Isa Yousef Isa Al Dulaihan said that in the last 45 years, these relations have expanded at all levels, including diplomatic and political. The two countries are working together on other important issues, including the Rohingya. There is also mutual cooperation. 22 lakh Bangladeshis are playing an important role in the development of Saudi Arabia. They are working to implement Saudi Arabia’s ‘Vision 2030’.
Referring to the meeting between Bangabandhu and Saudi King Faisal during the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Algeria in 1973 and the OIC Summit in Lahore in 1974, the Ambassador said relations between the two countries at the top level have become stronger. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has visited Saudi Arabia several times in recent years. Ministers and representatives of Saudi Arabia have also visited Bangladesh. Saudi imams also came to Bangladesh to give sermons.
Highlighting the huge investment potential of Saudi Arabia in Bangladesh, the Ambassador said that 15 billion (one and a half billion) dollars investment is waiting for Bangladesh. Bangladesh is the new destination for Saudi Arabian investors. This is because of the stability in Bangladesh. Saudi investors are interested in other sectors, including energy, oil, liquefied gas, renewable energy, and food.
Replying to a question, the Ambassador said Bangladesh is playing an important role in the global arena. Bangladesh is providing one of the largest peacekeepers in the world. Bangladesh has given shelter to 11 lakh Rohingyas of Myanmar. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s generosity towards them is extraordinary. Geographically, Bangladesh is in an important place. In a word, Bangladesh is an important country in the world.
Regarding the opportunities of Bangladeshis in the labor market of Saudi Arabia, the Ambassador said that as there is an opportunity to change the employer, an employee can change the employer at his convenience. He will have the opportunity of re-entry. You can come and go if necessary.
The Saudi ambassador said, ‘Bangladeshi workers in Saudi Arabia have to compete with skilled workers from other countries. For this I want skilled workers to go to Saudi Arabia. We request the concerned people to create more skilled workers in the training centers in this country. ‘