Pope Francis has said for the first time that the ethnic group Uighurs in China are “persecuted” in a new book to be published in December.
Pope Francis has said for the first time that the ethnic group Uighurs in China are “persecuted” in his new book to be published in December.
In a section in the book, “Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future,” the pope said, “I think often of persecuted peoples: the Rohingya, the poor Uighurs, the Yazidi.”
Human rights activists have been urging the pope for years to speak about the crimes against the Muslim minority, including genocide. Reports said that over one million Uighurs are held in internment camps in the remote Xinjiang region.
However, the Chinese government denied the allegations and said that the camps are vocational education and training centers.
Many have said that the Vatican’s reluctance to speak about the Uighurs was due to its renewal of a deal with China on the appointment of Catholic bishops in the Asian country.
Pope Francis also addressed social, political, and economic issues, including establishing a universal basic income, in his book, which he collaborated with his English-language biographer Austen Ivereigh.
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