As part of increasing international backlash against the plight of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang region, UN secretary general Antonio Guterres on Monday (29 April) said that the Chinese government must fully respect the human rights, reports AFP.
Guterres raised the issue of human rights violations in China during his visit to Beijing where he attended on Saturday Belt and Road Initiative's (BRI) second forum.
Over the past few years, China has received widespread international condemnation for its forced assimilation tactics against Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other Muslim minorities its north-western Xinjiang province.
Detainees in government camps are allegedly forced to renounce their Islamic beliefs and indoctrinated in communist ideals.United Nations experts state that more than one million Uighurs and other Muslims are held up in these detention centres.
However, Beijing maintains that it needs the measures to tackle the threat of Islamist militancy and terms them vocational training centres.
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Satellite imagery shows large-scale construction of factories at China’s internment camps, with a heavy security set up inclusive of guard towers and fences, further pointing to the forced nature of the work at the factories.
It has also reported that Chinese security agencies have separated women in Xinjiang from their Pakistani husbands and sent them to ‘re-education camps’
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