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World China Denies Uighur Abuse Claims as International Pressure Grows

08:45  23 february  2021
08:45  23 february  2021 Source:   bloomberg.com

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China pushed back on Monday against allegations its Muslim minority were mistreated and accused other nations of using human rights as a tool to interfere in its domestic affairs. Facing sustained international criticism over Beijing’s treatment of Uighurs in the northwestern region of Xinjiang While China says it’s fighting separatism and religious extremism among Uighurs , a UN assessment found that anywhere from tens of thousands to “upwards of 1 million” Uighurs have been detained in internment camps. Wang said China ’s deradicalization measures in the area were in accordance with

China repeated these claims in December 2019, but offering no evidence of their release. In July 2020, China 's UK ambassador denied abuse of Uighurs , despite the emergence of drone footage of hundreds of blindfolded and shackled men. Martin Belam. China ’s human rights record in Xinjiang has provoked growing international condemnation. Earlier this month, the US imposed sanctions on Chinese officials in protest at the treatment of the Uighurs and other minority groups, including Kazakhs.

(Bloomberg) -- China pushed back on Monday against allegations its Muslim minority were mistreated and accused other nations of using human rights as a tool to interfere in its domestic affairs.

a group of people walking down a street in front of a building: Pedestrians walk past the Erdao Bridge Mosque, center, in Urumqi, Xinjiang autonomous region, China, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Although it represents just 1.5 percent of China's population and 1.3 percent of its economy, Xinjiang sits at the geographic heart of Xi's signature Belt and Road Initiative. Source: Bloomberg/Bloomberg © Bloomberg Pedestrians walk past the Erdao Bridge Mosque, center, in Urumqi, Xinjiang autonomous region, China, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Although it represents just 1.5 percent of China's population and 1.3 percent of its economy, Xinjiang sits at the geographic heart of Xi's signature Belt and Road Initiative. Source: Bloomberg/Bloomberg

Facing sustained international criticism over Beijing’s treatment of Uighurs in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, Foreign Minister Wang Yi touted what he said were the benefits to people living there of greater security and freedom from terrorist attacks, and insisted that labor rights and personal freedoms were not restricted.

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China ’s growing economic might has bought quiescence from many quarters. Many Muslim-majority countries in Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East have signed on to Beijing’s infrastructure and investment project known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Public outrage has grown as a result. According to the Washington-based Uyghur Human Rights Project, China ’s repression of the Uighurs was mostly unknown in the Islamic world just two years ago. Now UHRP and other Uighur diaspora organizations, such as the World Uyghur Congress, say they are receiving a rising number

China is accused of mass detentions, religious persecution and forced sterilisation of Uighurs and others. The sanctions target the US-connected financial interests of regional Communist Party boss Chen Quanguo and three other officials. China denies any mistreatment of Muslims in far-western Xinjiang. Mr Chen, who sits on the Chinese Communist Party's powerful Politburo, is the highest-ranking Chinese official ever to be hit by US sanctions, the Trump administration says. He is seen as the architect of Beijing's policies against minorities, and was previously in charge in Tibet.

“There has never has been so-called genocide, forced labor or religious oppression in Xinjiang,” Wang told the United Nations Human Rights Council by video. “Such inflammatory accusations are fabricated out of ignorance and prejudice.”

While China says it’s fighting separatism and religious extremism among Uighurs, a UN assessment found that anywhere from tens of thousands to “upwards of 1 million” Uighurs have been detained in internment camps.

Wang said China’s deradicalization measures in the area were in accordance with the law as well as the UN’s counter-terrorism strategy. As a result, local people were leading “safe and happy lives,” he said.

“We oppose using double standards to make slanderous attacks on other countries and we also oppose using human rights as an excuse to interfere in other countries’ internal affairs,” Wang said.

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Chinese officials have repeatedly denied human rights abuses and claimed the camps are vocational training camps meant to quell extremism. Last year, providing no evidence, China claimed to have released those who were detained. "They must not be allowed to continue to enjoy the benefits of free societies while denying it to millions of human beings." Gheni said he hopes for political and economic international pressure on China to address the persecution of Uighurs and other minorities.

China is facing mounting criticism from around the world over its treatment of the mostly Muslim Uighur population in the north-western region of Xinjiang. Rights groups believe China has detained more than a million Uighurs over the past few years in what the state defines as "re-education camps". The US has accused China of committing genocide against the Uighurs . According to international convention, genocide is the "intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group".

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Others speaking at the UN meeting criticized Beijing for its actions in Xinjiang.

“The situation in Xinjiang is beyond the pale,” U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said. “The reported abuses -- which include torture, forced labor and forced sterilization of women -- are extreme and they are extensive.”

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights “leaves no room for the arbitrary detention of ethnic minorities like the Uighurs in Xinjiang.” Germany alongside other countries is moving toward penalizing companies if their suppliers from other countries breach human rights.

Earlier this month, U.S. President Joe Biden expressed concern in a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping about what he said were China’s “coercive and unfair economic practices” as well as human rights abuses.

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