They were unable to disclose more details due to privacy concerns, for the time being
At a State Department briefing Thursday, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback said he had a new, unconfirmed report about a man in California, whose father, a legal US resident, had not been heard since his return to Xinjiang
"He had a legal status here, traveled back to Xinjiang after being here with his son in California. he is a 75-year-old man and an intellectual, "Brownback said.
"International media, human rights organizations, and former detainees reported security officers in the camps abused, tortured, and killed some detainees, "the report noted.
" And it's not just the camps anymore. Entire villages are encased and people limited on their movement in and out of the villages in that region that's happening as well.
Former detainees say they have been forced to endure intense brainwashing sessions, including close studies of Communist Party propaganda, the Chinese government has defended.
The Chinese government claims that the camps are "vocational and educational training centers for counter-terrorism and de-radicalization purposes."
These camps are a means of fighting what they claim is a rising tide of extremism in Xinjiang. Brownback said he raised the issue a few weeks ago with Chinese officials at the UN, who first denied anything was happening and then said they were "professional training camps."
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"We are strongly advocating against these actions that the Chinese government is doing and continues to do," Brown said. back said.
The State Department on Thursday night reiterated its travel advisory to US citizens going to China, warning specifically of "extra security measures in the Xinjiang Uigher Autonomous Region."
"We are committed to providing all possible consular assistance to US citizens in need abroad, "and the State Department spokesman said. "However, China does not recognize dual nationality, and China may prevent US Embassy from providing consular services in some cases, and US-Chinese citizens and US citizens of Chinese heritage may be subject to further scrutiny and harassment."  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who this week met with Uyghur refugee Mihrigul Tursun and several other members of the Uyghur community, has denounced human rights violations in China
"This is one of the worst human rights countries that we" seen in the 1930s, "he said in a mid-March interview.