Human Rights in China: Beijing hits back at western allegations over Xinjiang
June 24,2021   By:CGTN
June 24, 2021 -- China has hit back at allegations of human rights abuses in Xinjiang, at the 47th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Beijing has accused the United States and other western countries of hypocrisy. Dong Xue reports. 
China says it strongly opposes allegations of human rights violations in Xinjiang, in response to a joint statement by Canada, the UK and the U.S. to the UN Human Rights Council.
The joint statement on China was read out by Canadian Ambassador Leslie Norton, and accuses China of arbitrarily detaining over one million people in Xinjiang.
It claims there is widespread surveillance in the region which disproportionately targets Uygurs and members of other ethnic minorities.
And it accuses China of restricting the fundamental freedoms of Uygur culture.
Dai Ruijun, one of 15 Chinese representatives at the meeting, says the accusations are based on the research of far-right religious advocates such as Adrain Zenz.
DAI RUIJUN Professor, Institute of International Law Chinese Academy of Social Sciences "Without any evidence, he accuses China of committing crimes against Uygur Muslim communities in Xinjiang. But in the same report, the growth rate of Uygurs is significantly higher than the Han nationality, so it's obviously self contradictory."
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is pushing for immediate and unfettered access for independent observers to visit Xinjiang. China says it welcomes the move, but rejects all of the allegations.
ZHAO LIJIAN Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson "A small number of Western countries are keen to fabricate and hype up China-related rumors and interfere in China's internal affairs in the name of human rights, with the purpose of suppressing and containing China and hindering China's development process. This is bound to be in vain."
DONG XUE Beijing "The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson also said China's achievements on human rights, including those in Xinjiang are universally recognized, and that no one can dispute this. The spokesperson added this stands in stark contrast to 'these mud-slinging countries' own deplorable human rights records. Dong Xue, CGTN, Beijing."


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