On Thursday, China became slander & # 39; slander labeled as a letter to top United Nations officials by more than 20 countries condemning Beijing & # 39; s treatment of ethnic minorities.
An estimated one million, mostly ethnic minorities, are being held in internment camps in northwestern Xinjiang – a system that defends Beijing as necessary to combat religious extremism and terrorism.
The UN letter & # 39; attacks, defamation and has unfounded allegations against China & # 39 ;, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang during a regular press conference in Beijing.
& # 39; It is a public politicization of human rights issues and willfully intervene in China's internal affairs & # 39 ;, he added.
A fencing fence has been constructed around what is officially a vocational education center in Dabancheng in the Xinjiang region in the far west of China. China labeled Thursday as & # 39; slander & # 39; a letter sent to top United Nations officials by more than 20 countries condemning Beijing & # 39; s treatment of ethnic minorities
Police officers patrol Kashgar, Xinjiang on June 4. UN experts and activists say that at least one million ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslims are being held in detention centers in the region.
& # 39; The Chinese side expressed strong dissatisfaction and resolute resistance, & # 39; he added.
& # 39; We urge these countries to respect the facts, remove prejudices, abide by the objectives and principles of the UN Charter, and stop politicizing human rights issues and intervening in domestic China's issues with the Xinjiang problem, "he said.
Geng said that Xinjiang has not sustained any new violent incidents for more than two years, demonstrating the effectiveness of the government's approach.
& # 39; The happiness … and sense of security of the people of all ethnic groups has improved considerably and they genuinely support government policy & # 39 ;, he said.
The letter was co-signed by UN ambassadors from 22 countries – including Australia, Great Britain, Canada, Germany and Japan – and was sent to the President of the Human Rights Council and the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
More than 20 countries at the National Council on Human Rights urged China this week to halt the persecution of ethnic Uighurs in Xinjiang, where UN experts and activists say at least 1 million people are being held in detention centers. Above a facility that is believed to be a re-education camp where Muslim minorities are detained in Artux, north of Kashgar in the western Xinjiang region of China.
Uyghur men leaving a mosque after praying in Hotan in the northwest of Xinjiang in China. Beijing was forced on Thursday to defend its human rights record against criticism from Slovakia and Great Britain
The text contained concerns about & # 39; credible reports of arbitrary detention … as well as extensive surveillance and restrictions, particularly targeted at Uygurs and other minorities in Xinjiang. & # 39;
It also called on China to stop arbitrary detention and allow & # 39; freedom of movement for Uighurs and other Muslim and minority communities in Xinjiang. & # 39;
After first denying their existence, Beijing conducted a public relations blitz in an attempt to induce global indignation against what the & # 39; vocational training centers & # 39; to counteract.
Since last October, the local government has also organized tours in the camps for diplomats and media channels.
UN human rights manager Michelle Bachelet has requested an investigative mission to Xinjiang and China has extended an open invitation for her to visit the region.
People are holding signs against China & # 39; s treatment of Uighur Muslims in Vancouver, Canada in May. UN human rights manager Michelle Bachelet has requested an investigative mission to Xinjiang and China has extended an open invitation for her to visit the region
A screen with an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Kashgar, Xinjiang. After initially denying their existence, Beijing has carried out a public relations blitz in an attempt to induce global indignation against what it calls & # 39; vocational training centers & # 39; to fight.
But the international official typically performs such national visits, provided that the host government offers guarantees under certain conditions – including unrestricted access to important sites.
Beijing was also forced on Thursday to defend its human rights record against criticism from Slovakia and Great Britain.
Slovak president Zuzana Caputova warned of a & # 39; deteriorating human rights situation & # 39; for Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, while British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt turned to detaining activists and said that abusing journalists is a & # 39; diplomatic prize & # 39; must pay.
Geng warned that Hunt, who hopes to become prime minister, should not use China as a way to campaign for votes and noted that during his meeting with China, Wang made the & # 39; huge progress & # 39; human rights, ethnic minorities and religious policy. Caputova.
What are the Chinese & # 39; re-education camps & # 39; of Muslims in China?
The access to a prison mentioned by the locals is used to hold those undergoing a political indoctrination program in Korla in Xinjiang, the western part of China.
Chinese authorities in the heavily Islamic region of Xinjiang are thought to have trapped dozens, possibly hundreds of thousands of Muslim Chinese – and even foreign citizens – in massive internment camps since the spring of last year.
Such detention campaigns have traversed Xinjiang, an area that covers half of India, leading to what a US commission in China said: "The largest mass detention of a minority in the world today".
Chinese officials have largely avoided commenting on the camps, but some have been quoted in state media by saying that ideological changes are needed to combat separatism and Islamic extremism.
Radical Muslim Uyghurs have killed hundreds of people in recent years, and China views the region as a threat to peace in a country where the majority are Han-Chinese.
The internment program is intended to rewire the political thinking of detainees, to erase their Islamic beliefs and to redesign their identities, it is claimed. The camps have grown rapidly in the past year, with almost no legal proceedings or legal paperwork.
Prisoners who critically criticize people and the things they love are rewarded and those who refuse to do so are punished with solitary confinement, mistreatment and food deprivation.
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