Monday, 22 October, 2018

China tells United Nations to respect its sovereignty over crackdown on Muslims

A Chinese paramilitary policeman wears mask to protect against pollution in Beijing A Chinese paramilitary policeman wears mask to protect against pollution in Beijing
Jeannette Daniel | 14 September, 2018, 12:05

Geng Shuang, China's foreign ministry spokesman, said that the government is trying to "promote stability, development, unity and livelihoods" while ending "ethnic separatism and violent terrorist criminal activities".

A police patrol walk in front of the Id Kah Mosque in the old city of Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, March 22, 2017.

Asked whether or not the U.S. was considering economic sanctions against Chinese officials accused of overseeing the policies, Nauert acknowledged the State Department had received a letter from members of Congress on the issue, but declined to discuss details of any potential government action.

China's Foreign Ministry urged United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet to respect the country's sovereignty after she urged it to allow monitors into the restive far western region of Xinjiang and expressed concern about the situation there.

-Chinese relations have experienced ups and downs throughout the Trump presidency so far, as President Donald Trump threatens to impose billions in tariffs on Chinese goods, but the administration has stayed fairly quiet on human rights issues.

The region's indigenous Uyghurs have grown increasingly restive over Beijing's ever more intrusive monitoring of religious life and the growing migration of Han Chinese into the region, where they now make up around 40 percent of the 22- million population.

The State Department on Tuesday expressed concern following reports of mass detentions of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims, which has prompted global outcry.

They are also forced to learn Mandarin and sing praises of the Chinese Communist Party, according to the report.

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Up to 1 million people, or about 7 percent of the Muslim population in Xinjiang, have now been incarcerated in an expanding network of "political re-education" camps, according to USA officials and United Nations experts.

"If they resist, or officials deem they have failed their lessons, they are punished".

Michelle Bachelet decried China's ongoing crackdown on the mostly Muslim Uighur minority in her first remarks as head of the United Nations rights watchdog in Geneva on Monday.

Calling the allegations against China "deeply disturbing", Bachelet said Beijing had to allow access to the region for impartial observers.

The government controls primarily affect ethnic Uighurs, Kazakhs and other minorities, the report said.

But the Chinese government strongly denied the figures, saying there was no mass imprisonment or "arbitrary detention".

On Sunday, Human Rights Watch released a report estimating the number of detainees could be as high as one million and that "w$3 ithin these secretive facilities, those held are forced to undergo political indoctrination for days, months, and even over a year".

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