OHCHR Chief to Investigate Violations Against Uighur Muslims in China
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OHCHR Chief to Investigate Violations Against Uighur Muslims in China 

22 countries have furnished a statement to UN Human Rights Council president Coly Seck and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet urging China to end the mass arrests of Uighur Muslims.

In a letter to Bachelet, the ambassadors of these 22 countries asked China to maintain the dignity of its own laws and international obligations and put an end to the erratic imprisonment, allowing the freedom of religion.

Beijing is reportedly holding one million people as captives in the confinement camps in the Xinjiang province. Countries like Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, Canada and New Zealand brought attention towards the mass detention in Xinjiang Province of China.

The letter conveys concern “about credible reports of arbitrary detention… as well as widespread surveillance and restrictions, particularly targeting Uighurs and other minorities in Xinjiang.”

One of the Uighur Muslims, Aierken Tuniyazi, who is also the deputy governor of Xinjiang, was brought in front of the UN council to present their side of story. Tuniyazi claimed that instead of the detention, the government is now providing vocational training to the citizens, which is proving helpful in improving the living standards of the people.

He also claimed that the efforts of the Chinese government have been fruitful in containing terrorism and religious extremism in Xinjiang.

Bachelet, former president of Chile, has called China to provide UN the access to examine the accountings of disappearances and erratic imprisonment, particularly of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang province.

The Human Rights Watch welcomed the letter and the efforts of the 22 ambassadors of different countries. The group furnished a statement, saying, “the letter is important not only for Xinjiang’s population, but for people around the world who depend on the UN’s leading rights body to hold even the most powerful countries to account.”

Earlier, many western countries including the US had condemned the visit of UN counter-terrorism Chief Vladimir Voronkov to the province of Xinjiang.

While the Chinese government claims the detention centres to be “training centres” for Uighur Muslims, their timely lies and development of infrastructure in Xinjiang province states otherwise. However, only a further visit by the UN officers and access to reports of disappearances and detainment can paint the true picture.

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