“The videoconference, scheduled for Wednesday, is based on outright lies and political prejudice,” Chinese diplomats at the UN said in a statement. “Beijing calls for the cancellation of this event, which interferes with internal affairs, and calls on other UN members to boycott this event.”
At least 1 million Uyghurs and other minorities, mostly Muslims, are held in concentration camps in China’s Xinjiang province, according to human rights organizations. The organizations accuse the authorities of including forced labor and forced sterilization of women.
China says in its statement that the current situation in Xinjiang is actually better than ever. There would be stability, rapid economic development, and people of all ethnicities would “live together harmoniously”.
“The United States claims to care about the human rights of Muslims, despite being known around the world to have killed Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria,” China said in the statement. “It is the United States and its supporters that have killed the most Muslims in the world.”
At Wednesday’s meeting, UN ambassadors from the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom, representing Uyghurs, as well as human rights organization Human Rights Watch, are expected to speak.
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