43 Countries Urge China to Respect Rights of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, Beijing Angry

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NEW YORK – A total of 43 countries are urging China ensure full respect for the rule of law for the Uighur Muslim community in Xinjiang. The joint statement was read at the United Nations (UN) on Thursday (21/10/2021).

The insistence immediately angered China. The declaration was signed by the United States (US) and several European and Asian countries and others.

The statement accused China of committing a series of human rights violations against Uighurs, including torture, enforced sterilization and enforced disappearances.

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“We call on China to allow immediate, meaningful and unrestricted access to Xinjiang for independent observers, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and his office,” the 43 countries said in a joint statement, read out at the United Nations by France.

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“We are deeply concerned about the situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region,” the statement said, citing “credible” reports that “show the existence of a large network of ‘political re-education’ camps where more than one million people have been arbitrarily detained.”

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Beijing has long denied allegations of ethnic cleansing against Uighurs and most Turkish Muslims in Xinjiang.

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