(Add quotes, speeches in UK and Germany)
By Stephanie Nebehay
GENEVA, Feb.22 (Reuters) – China on Monday rejected “slanderous assaults” on the situations of Muslim Uyghurs and different minorities residing in its area of Xinjiang, insisting that they take pleasure in freedom of faith and labor rights.
UN rights activists and consultants have stated at the least 1 million Muslims are being held in camps within the distant western area. China denies the abuses and says its camps present job coaching and are wanted to combat extremism.
International Minister Wang Yi advised the UN Human Rights Council that he’s taking counterterrorism measures in accordance with the regulation and that Xinjiang enjoys “social stability and wholesome growth.” after 4 years with none “terrorist case”.
There have been 24,000 mosques in Xinjiang, the place folks belonging to ethnic teams additionally loved labor rights, he stated.
“These fundamental details present that there has by no means been a so-called genocide, compelled labor or spiritual oppression in Xinjiang,” Wang stated. “Such inflammatory accusations are fabricated out of ignorance and prejudice, they’re merely malicious and political hype and couldn’t be farther from the reality.”
Final month, the Biden administration authorized a last-minute ruling by the Trump administration that China dedicated genocide in Xinjiang and stated the USA should be ready to impose prices on China.
Beforehand, British International Secretary Dominic Raab denounced torture, compelled labor and sterilization which he stated was going down in opposition to Uyghurs on an “industrial scale” in Xinjiang. “The scenario in Xinjiang is past something,” he stated.
German International Minister Heiko Maas stated: “Our dedication to the Common Declaration of Human Rights leaves no room for the arbitrary detention of ethnic minorities just like the Uyghurs in Xinjiang or the suppression of civil liberties by China in Hong Kong. “
Wang known as on the UN for scrutiny however gave no timeline.
“The door to Xinjiang is at all times open. Folks from many nations who’ve visited Xinjiang have realized the details and reality on the bottom. China additionally welcomes the Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights to go to Xinjiang,” he stated, referring to the pinnacle of UN rights, Michelle Bachelet, whose workplace negotiated the situations of entry to the nation (Report by Stephanie Nebehay and Michael Shields; edited by Gilles Elgood)