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Civil Society Coalition Calls on Secretary Blinken to Focus on Human Rights During China Trip

A Coalition of U.S.-based civil society organizations representing communities facing oppression of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) issued a joint letter to Secretary of State Blinken ahead of his upcoming visit to the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

“We request that you place human rights, and particularly the plight of political prisoners unjustly detained under the CCP regime, at the center of your discussions.  The unjust detention of human rights activists, political dissidents, labor organizers, religious practitioners, and ethnic minorities across all territories China controls should, as a matter of U.S. foreign policy, be presented as inseparable from any discussions of collaboration with the PRC, and the release of these prisoners conditional on any improvement of bilateral ties” said the letter signed by 38 diaspora organizations representing Chinese, Hong Kong, Tibetan and Uyghur communities.

The letter mentions some of the recent political persecutions perpetrated by the CCP against members of the Hong Kong, Tibetan and Uyghur communities.