WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott applauded the U.S. State Department’s decision to classify as genocide the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) oppression and atrocities against the Uyghurs, a religious and ethnic minority living in the northwestern province of Xinjiang. This decision comes after Senator Scott called on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to take this action last month. 


Senator Rick Scott said, “We know what’s happening in Communist China is a genocide. The CCP has established hundreds of concentration camps in order to imprison, torture and enslave Uyghurs living in Xinjiang. Through torture, the CCP threatens Uyghurs to forsake their language, their faith and their culture. I’ve been calling for strong action for months, and I’m glad the Administration listened and took a stand today against murderous dictators and let the world know this won’t be tolerated. The United States is the greatest supporter of freedom and democracy in the world, and we will never stop fighting to end human rights abuses. I urge every freedom-loving nation to do the same.”