Last updated: Nov 25, 2022, 7:40 AM IST
A United Nations commission on Thursday urged China to release people held in detention centers in the Xinjiang region and advised it to provide “remedies and reparations” to victims.
The commission’s statement heightens pressure on China, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, to implement reforms following a report by the global body’s human rights chief in August that its treatment of Uyghurs and other Muslims constitute crimes against humanity.
Rights groups accuse Beijing of abusing Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority numbering about 10 million in Xinjiang, including the massive use of forced labor in internment camps. China denies rights violations.
The spokesman for the diplomatic mission in Geneva, Liu Yuyin, said Beijing firmly opposes the UN commission’s move, saying it “slurs and defames China’s human rights situation based on disinformation fabricated by Western countries and anti Chinese separatist forces”.
The 18-member commission regularly monitors countries’ compliance with a 1965 international treaty on racial discrimination, to which China and some 180 other countries are parties.
The commission said the “failure to improve the human rights situation in Xinjiang” prompted it to adopt the recommendations, known as a decision.
The document also called on China to “undertake a full review of its legal framework on national security, counter-terrorism and minority rights in (Xinjiang)” to ensure compliance with the treaty.
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