UN members issue dueling statements over China's treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang

A photo posted to the WeChat account of the Xinjiang Judicial Administration shows Uyghur detainees listening to a 'de-radicalization' speech at a re-education camp in Hotan prefecture's Lop county, April 2017.  Wikipedia

By Ben Westcott and Richard Roth, CNN
Updated 11:33 PM ET, Tue October 29, 2019

Hong Kong (CNN)Two groups of United Nations member states issued dueling statements over China's treatment of the predominantly Muslim Uyghur minority in Xinjiang, highlighting a global divide on Beijing's human rights record.

Speaking at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, a representative for the UK issued a statement on behalf of 23 countries raising concerns over alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

"(There are) credible reports of mass detention, efforts to restrict cultural and religious practices, mass surveillance disproportionately targeting ethnic Uyghurs, and other human rights violations and abuses in the region," Karen Pierce said.

The 23 countries, including the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia, all called on China to "uphold its national and international obligations and commitments to respect human rights," as well as to provide access to Xinjiang for international monitors.