Pope Francis Speaks Out for the First Time on China’s Persecution of the Uyghurs

via CNN:

Pope Francis has for the first time publicly named China’s Uyghur minority among a list of the world’s persecuted peoples, breaking his silence on allegations of widespread human rights abuses in the country’s far-western Xinjiang region.

“I think often of persecuted peoples: the Rohingya, the poor Uyghurs, the Yazidi — what ISIS did to them was truly cruel — or Christians in Egypt and Pakistan killed by bombs that went off while they prayed in church,” Francis says in a new book, “Let Us Dream: The Path to A Better Future,” published on Monday.
The US State Department has said as many as two million Uyghurs, who are predominately Muslim, and other minority groups have been taken to huge detention centers in Xinjiang, where former detainees have described being subjected to indoctrination, physical abuse and sterilization.