This picture taken on June 4, 2019 exhibits the Chinese language flag flying over the Juma mosque within the restored previous metropolis space of Kashgar, in China’s western Xinjiang area.
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China has urged United Nations member states to not attend an occasion deliberate subsequent week by Germany, the USA and Britain on the repression of Uyghur Muslims and different minorities in Xinjiang, in response to a word seen by Reuters on Friday.
“It’s a politically-motivated occasion,” China’s U.N. mission wrote within the word, dated Thursday. “We request your mission NOT to take part on this anti-China occasion.”
China charged that the organizers of the occasion, which additionally embrace a number of different European states together with Australia and Canada, use “human rights points as a political device to intrude in China’s inner affairs like Xinjiang, to create division and turbulence and disrupt China’s growth.”
“They’re obsessive about frightening confrontation with China,” the word stated, including that “the provocative occasion can solely result in extra confrontation.”
The Chinese language mission to the United Nations confirmed the word and China’s opposition to the occasion.
The ambassadors of the USA, Germany and Britain are as a result of handle the digital U.N. occasion on Wednesday, together with Human Rights Watch Govt Director Ken Roth and Amnesty Worldwide Secretary Basic Agnes Callamard.
The intention of the occasion is to “talk about how the U.N. system, member states and civil society can assist and advocate for the human rights of members of ethnic Turkic communities in Xinjiang,” in response to an invite.
Western states and rights teams have accused authorities in Xinjiang of detaining and torturing Uyghurs in camps, which the USA has described as genocide. In January, Washington banned the import of cotton and tomato merchandise from Xinjiang over allegations of pressured labor.
Beijing denies the accusations and describes the camps as vocational coaching facilities to fight spiritual extremism.
“Beijing has been making an attempt for years to bully governments into silence however that technique has failed miserably, as extra and states step ahead to voice horror and revulsion at China’s crimes towards Uyghurs and different Turkic Muslims,” Human Rights Watch U.N. director Louis Charbonneau stated on Friday.