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CAIR Condemns Trump’s Approval of Uyghur Muslim Concentration Camps in China

(WASHINGTON, D.C., (6/17/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned President Trump’s reported approval of concentration camps for Uyghur Muslims in China.

Trump reportedly told Chinese President Xi Jinping that building concentration camps to “re-educate” Uyghur Muslims was the right thing to do, according to former national security adviser John Bolton.

In his soon-to-be-released book, Bolton claims that Trump backed the camps during a conversation with Xi in 2019. Bolton also says Trump asked Xi to help him win the 2020 election.

SEE: Trump backed Xi over concentration camps for Uighur Muslims, ex-aide Bolton claims

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“We condemn President’s Trump’s reported approval of China’s concentration camps — places of untold suffering, torture, abuse, rape, and death — for Uyghur Muslims. Congress must immediately investigate whether Trump gave his blessing to round up, imprison and oppress an ethnic religious community in concentration camps.”

Awad said it is ironic that the allegations surfaced on the same day that Trump signed legislation to punish China for its crackdown on the Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities.

SEE: Trump signs Uyghur human rights bill on same day Bolton alleges he told Xi to proceed with detention camps

He noted that earlier today, CAIR urged newly-confirmed U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) Chief Executive Officer Michael Pack, the agency’s senior staffer, to drop any possible consideration of former Trump administration official, white supremacist sympathizer and anti-Muslim bigot Sebastian Gorka for a leadership role at Voice of America (VOA).

SEE: CAIR Calls on USAGM Head to Drop Consideration of Anti-Muslim Bigot Sebastian Gorka for Voice of America Leadership Role

The Washington-based civil rights organization has repeatedly expressed concern about the Trump administration’s Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist policies and appointments.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Selection of Trump’s New Islamophobic Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292,

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