News By/Courtesy: Pramila Bhatt | 01 Nov 2018 19:24pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • United Nations human rights experts alleged Chinese political re-education camps for Muslim Uighurs.
  • They called for the immediate release of those detained on the “pretext of countering terrorism”.
  • It is estimated by the committee that up to one million Uighurs most of which is Muslim minority, may be held without will in extralegal detention in China’s western Xinjiang province.

United Nations human rights experts alleged Chinese political re-education camps for Muslim Uyghurs. They called for the immediate release of those detained on the “pretext of countering terrorism”. It is estimated by the committee that up to one million Uighurs most of which is Muslim minority, may be held without the will in extralegal detention in China’s western Xinjiang province. Beijing has denied the accusation but admitted that some religious extremists were being held for re-education. China has blamed Islamist militants and separatists for disorder in the province. China claims that Xinjiang faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists, according to China these Islamist militants and separatists plot attacks and provoke tensions between the Uighur minority and the ethnic Han Chinese majority. The panel denounce China’s “broad definition of terrorism and vague references to extremism and unclear definition of separatism in Chinese legislation”. UN panel said the definition could be used against those who peacefully exercising their rights and facilitates “criminal profiling” of ethnic and religious minorities, including Uighurs, Buddhist Tibetans and Mongolians. Beijing officials did not comment on the panel’s criticism. In its conclusions, the panel said it was frightened by “Numerous reports of detention of large numbers of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities held uncommunicative”. It also reports and claim that  many Uighurs who had left China had been forced to return to the country. The UN panel urged China to allow Tibetans access to passports for foreign travel and to promote the use of the Tibetan language in education, the judicial system, and media. The panel asked China to report back within a year on its main concerns.

Section Editor: Priyanshu Gupta | 01 Nov 2018 19:29pm IST


Tags : #UN#Alarmed#China#Uyghur Re-education camp

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