The State Department has removed the terror designation for a pro-Uighur group in China.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
The State Department eliminated the terror designation for a pro-Uighur group within China, according to the Federal Register.
Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo removed the East Turkestan Islamic Movement from federal terror lists. The group, largely composed of Uighur Muslims, once advocated for a separate country in China’s Xinjiang province for the ethnic population.
Washington listed the East Turkestan Islamic Movement as a terrorist group soon after the 9/11 terror attacks. Within China, the Chinese Communist Party has used the presence of the allegedly terroristic organization to justify the use of forced labor camps and persecution of Uighur Muslims.
“The group has not really existed since the early 2000s,” James Millward, a professor of Chinese and Central Asian history at Georgetown University, told the Wall Street Journal. “Listing [East Turkestan Islamic Movement] in the first place was the mistake.”
Chinese human rights have been a top priority of the Trump administration in their quest to counter Beijing.