France, the United States, Germany, Canada and the United Kingdom have recently spoken out against Uyghur repression in China’s Xinjiang region. Activists and UN According to human rights experts, at least one million Uyghurs, an Islamic minority group, are being called to re-education camps in the Western Autonomous Region.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke at the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday about “institutionalized repression” by Chinese officials. The Chinese ambassador to the UN on Wednesday responded that Western countries should not interfere in “baseless allegations” on domestic issues.
An estimated 12 million Uyghurs live in China, most of them in Xinjiang province. Human rights groups say more than a million members of the minority group are being held in a ‘re-education camp’ where they are being tortured, raped and forced into slave labor. (NRC)
A version of this article appeared on nrc.next on February 25, 2021