Nearly 39 countries criticize China over treatment of minority groups

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Published: October 8,2020 08:49 AM
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October 8, 2020: Nearly 40 mainly Western countries criticised China's treatment of minority groups, especially in Xinjiang and Tibet, on Tuesday and expressed grave concern at the impact of its new

October 8, 2020: Nearly 40 mainly Western countries criticised China's treatment of minority groups, especially in Xinjiang and Tibet, on Tuesday and expressed grave concern at the impact of its new national security law on human rights in Hong Kong.



The United States, many European countries, Japan and others called on China to allow “unfettered access” to Xinjiang for independent observers including UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, and to urgently refrain from detaining Uighurs and members of other minorities.



According to the sources, the 39 countries also urged China in a joint statement read at a meeting of the General Assembly's human rights committee, to uphold autonomy, rights and freedoms in Hong Kong, and to respect the independence of the Hong Kong judiciary.



It said the territory is part of China, and the national security law ensures China'’s “one country, two systems” policy on Hong Kong is enduring. Cuba followed with a statement on behalf of 45 countries supporting China's counter-terrorism and deradicalisation measures in Xinjiang.



It said measures taken by China in response to threats of terrorism and extremism were carried out within the law to safeguard the human rights of all ethnic groups in the province.



The rival statements spotlight tensions between China and the West over human rights. Those tensions have escalated especially between the United States and China, and include other issues including responsibility for the COVID-19 pandemic, trade, and Beijing''s actions in the South China Sea.


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