During the meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Chinese representatives denied the accusations of genocide against Muslim Uighurs and other national minorities living in the Xinjiang region.
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During Monday’s meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi emphasized that there are 24,000 people in the Xinjiang region in the west of the country. mosques. In his opinion, “these basic facts show that there has never been so-called genocide, forced labor or religious oppression in Xinjiang.” Beijing speaks of “defamatory attacks” and claims that Muslims in China enjoy freedom of religion and all other rights.
According to the head of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “such inflammatory accusations are fabricated through ignorance and prejudice, they are simply malicious and political hype that has nothing to do with the truth.”
– The door to Xinjiang is always open. People from many countries who visited Xinjiang learned the facts and truth on the spot. China is also inviting the High Commissioner for Human Rights there, added Wang, addressing Michelle Bachelet, whose office is negotiating the terms of the visit to China.
In 2017, China announced a program to combat terrorism, separatism and Islamic extremism. According to UN experts, as part of this campaign, up to a million Uighurs and other Muslims may have entered the extralegal internment camps in Xinjiang. There have also been reports of forced labor in cotton factories and fields, rape, torture, indoctrination, forced abortion and sterilization.
China, however, has consistently denied the abuses and insisted that these camps provide vocational training and are used to combat extremism.
Wang Yi reiterated this thesis on Monday, emphasizing that China is legally taking measures to counter terrorism, and the Xinjiang region enjoys “social stability and healthy development.”
However, Reuters recalls that the governments of many world powers are of a different opinion. US President Joe Biden has already signaled that he intends to continue to put pressure on Beijing and supports the position of his predecessor Donald Trump that China has committed genocide against the Uighurs.
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab also condemned the torture, forced labor and sterilization he said had been used on the “industrial scale” of the Uighurs in Xinjiang.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also commented on this issue, according to whom “the arbitrary detention of members of ethnic minorities such as the Uighurs in Xinjiang or the Chinese anti-civil liberties in Hong Kong” requires increased attention from the international community.
Also, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he expected transparency from China on this issue and called for the rights of Uighurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang to be protected.
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