US annual report criticizes China's continued human rights abuses of Uyghurs

A US annual report on global religious freedom has condemned China for its continued human rights abuses against the Uyghurs and other minority groups.

The US State Department released its 2022 International Religious Freedom Report on Monday.

The report says the US government estimates that more than one million Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Hui, members of other Muslim groups, and Christians have been detained in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region since April 2017, under the national counterterrorism and regional counter-extremism laws.

A senior State Department official said China continues to be "one of the worst abusers of human rights and religious freedom in the world." The official added that Beijing continues to engage in genocide and crimes against humanity against the Uyghurs.

US President Joe Biden's administration has repeatedly criticized China for committing human rights violations in the autonomous region. Biden brought up the issue during his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Bali, Indonesia, last November.

China has repeatedly denied allegations of genocide. The country may react sharply to the report.