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HRW- 22 countries urge China to end mass arbitrary detentions in Xinjiang

PTI | Geneva | Updated: 11-07-2019 07:06 IST | Created: 11-07-2019 03:07 IST
HRW- 22 countries urge China to end mass arbitrary detentions in Xinjiang
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Human Rights Watch says 22 Western countries have issued a statement urging China to end mass arbitrary detentions and other violations against Uighurs and other Muslims in the Xinjiang region. The advocacy group hailed the "important" statement at the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council, which amounts to a symbolic step toward a greater expression of concern about China's policies in Xinjiang.

The signatories issued the statement as a "letter" at the council and stopped short of seeking a council resolution — a testament to the challenges of building support against increasingly influential China. Rights groups and the United States estimate up to 1 million Muslims may be arbitrarily detained in Xinjiang. China denies widespread abuse in the detention centers and calls them training schools aimed to combat extremism and provide employable skills.

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