Chinese flag outside a mosque in Urumqi, Xinjiang – Photo: REUTERS
On February 22, in front of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UN), Britain said the UN must be given “urgent and unbound” access to Xinjiang to investigate reports of abuse at here, according to CNN.
“We watch reports almost every day, which shed more light on China’s systematic human rights violations targeting Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the country. Xinjiang “- British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said during the meeting.
“The situation in Xinjiang is unacceptable,” Raab said, citing reports of the use of “forced labor” and “female sterilization” in Xinjiang.
On the same day, China rejected “slanderous attacks” involving Uighurs in Xinjiang and declared “the door to Xinjiang is always open,” according to Reuters.
Before the UN Human Rights Council, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing is taking anti-terrorism measures in accordance with the law and that Xinjiang enjoys “solid social stability and development” after four years. without any “terrorist attacks”.
Wang said there are 24,000 mosques in Xinjiang where all ethnic groups enjoy the right to work.
“These basic facts show that there has never been so-called genocide, forced labor or religious persecution in Xinjiang,” said Wang.
In related developments, Canada has become the second country in the world (after the US) to describe China’s actions against the Uighurs as “genocide,” according to the report. Guardian.
On February 22, Canadian parliamentarians voted through a non-mandatory motion to make the allegation. However, the move has not received the support of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and could increase diplomatic tensions between China and Canada.
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