More than 20 ambassadors condemn China's treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang

Agence France-Presse
Wed 10 Jul 2019 22.12 EDT

More than 20 countries have written to top United Nations human rights officials condemning China’s treatment of Uighur and other minorities in the western Xinjiang region.

UN ambassadors from 22 states – including Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany and Japan – co-signed the letter released Wednesday and sent to the Human Rights Council president, Coly Seck, and the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.

China is reportedly holding one million people, mostly ethnic Uighurs, in internment camps in Xinjiang.

Rights groups and former inmates describe them as “concentration camps”where mainly Muslim Uighurs and other minorities are being forcefully assimilated into China’s majority ethnic Han society.

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