WASHINGTON – Former Under Secretary of State Keith Krach, Chairman of the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue and a leading voice for human rights in China, issued the following statement in response to today’s State Department report documenting China’s coordinated attempts to drown out vast human rights abuses of the Uyghur population in the Xinjiang region through a sophisticated online disinformation campaign.
“The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) using social media to advance false narratives and silence human-rights advocates is neither a new tactic nor a surprising one.
CCP's Human Rights Abuses
“In Xinjiang, the CCP is conducting some of the most serious acts involving mass human rights abuses since the Second World War. While serving at the State Department, I was proud to be the first government official to call the CCP’s atrocities a “genocide” that’s punishable under the UN’s Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide. My team also urged companies to scrutinize their own exposure to slave labor in Xinjiang and shined the spotlight on the CCP’s surveillance, censorship, and threats to academic freedom. Today’s release of the State Department report proves that the U.S. understands the measures that the CCP is taking to cover up the ongoing mass surveillance, repression, and genocide of the Uyghur people. It’s another important step from the U.S. toward holding the CCP accountable for their systemic campaign to wipe out the Uyghur population. The free world must not fall for the CCP’s deceptive tactics.
“Holding the CCP accountable requires an all hands on deck approach. A grassroots Uyghur genocide university divestment movement grew out of our work at the State Department. Now, students around the nation are urging their universities to divest from endowments linked to China due to the crimes in Xinjiang. American investors should follow these students’ lead and divest from Chinese companies complicit in perpetuating and hiding the genocide. If you have a pension plan, if you contribute to your university's endowment fund, if you are invested in a mutual fund or ETF (especially if it involves an emerging market index fund), chances are you’re unknowingly financing Chinese human rights abuses. Look into it, then send a message through your pocketbook. The sound of emptying the cash register will be heard loud and clear on the other side of the world in Xinjiang.”