The pontiff hit out at China’s sweeping campaign against the Muslim minority.
Beijing has also been under fire as more allegations of forced labor imposed on Uighur Muslims emerge.
Muslim Uighurs living overseas say they can’t seem to escape China’s long arm of surveillance and that Southeast Asian governments have been mostly silent.
'People in Xinjiang Enjoy Happy Life': China's Ambassador to the UK Denies Existence of Uighur Concentration Camps
The denial came the same day as fresh revelations of alleged abuses against the predominantly Muslim ethnic minority.
Among those targeted is Chen Quanguo (pictured), the main figurehead behind the camps.
Despite public shows of support for the movement for racial justice taking place around the world, some corporations have been complicit in racial violence in the world's most populous continent.
LEAK: Secret Documents Show How China Targets Muslims for 'Re-Education' Camps — and Spies on Their Families
The vast majority of people were interned for mundane behavior like wearing a hijab, having “thick beards,” visiting a foreign website, or applying for a passport.
Human Rights Watch's report details how Beijing has exported its "Orwellian" system all over the world.
China Is Very Angry That Congress Pointed Out it Is Committing Massive Human Rights Abuses in Xinjiang
China has imprisoned about a million Uighurs and Kazakhs in "reeducation camps" that escapees describe as prisons where their human rights were routinely violated.
‘Prevent Escapes’: Leaked Documents Detail Brutal Reality of China’s ‘Re-education’ Camps for Muslims
“This document is the smoking gun that tells us these vocational training centers are in fact prisons.”
A court ruling clears the way for the city to install hundreds of thousands of cameras and build a system inspired by the one China uses to surveil Muslims.