West, Japan rebuke China at United Nations for detention of Uighurs

Sydney woman Fatimah Abdulghafur has not heard from her mother father and siblings for almost three years

Almost two dozen nations at the U.N. Human Rights Council this week urged China to halt persecution of ethnic Uighurs in Xinjiang, where U.N. experts and activists say at least 1 million are held in detention centres.

"The Chinese government and Chinese people have the most say on Xinjiang issues and can not be interfered by any country or external forces", he said.

China claims that Uighurs are being educated in "vocational training centres" created to combat extremism.

The letter criticising China was signed by the ambassadors of 22 countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Britain, France, Germany and Switzerland, but not the United States which quit the UN body a year ago.

In an unprecedented move, a cross-regional group sent a letter addressed to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the President of the Human Rights Council, expressing concern over widespread surveillance, restrictions to freedom of religion and movement, and large-scale arbitrary detention of the Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang.

It fell short of a formal statement being read out at the Council or a resolution submitted for a vote, as sought by activists.

The decision was down to fears of political and economic retaliation from Beijing, diplomats told Reuters.

China on Thursday refuted a letter, jointly signed by 22 nations, criticizing China's policy in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

They are demanding that China allow independent worldwide observers into the Xinjiang region, where the camps are located.

China's representative said worldwide organisations and media who visited Xinjiang had found the situation was different from its portrayal in the West, and that officials from countries behind the letter declined an invitation to visit.

The UN letter "attacks, slanders, and has unwarranted accusations against China", said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at a regular press briefing in Beijing.

It pointedly cites China's obligations as a member of the 47-member state forum to maintain the highest standards.

Ms Bachelet, a former president of Chile, has lobbied China to grant the United Nations access to investigate reports of disappearances and arbitrary detentions of Muslims in Xinjiang. A United Nations spokesperson said at the time that the trip, including "full access to Xinjiang", was under discussion.

Beijing is reportedly holding one million people as captives in the confinement camps in the Xinjiang province.

Beijing denies any allegations of torture or political indoctrination, and says the camps are "vocational training centers" created to fight terrorism and combat Islamic extremism.

The detentions are created to eradicate their religious and ethnic identities, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing diplomats and letters.

Erkin Tuniyaz, Xinjiang's vice governor, told the Council on June 25 that China had contained terrorism and religious extremism in Xinjiang, according to Reuters.

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