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Originally published by Asia Times on September 4, 2018
China’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Liu Xiaoming, hit back after reports of more than a million Uyghurs being held in internment camps in the western region of Xinjiang were deemed “credible” by a United Nations human-rights panel last month.
In a letter to the Financial Times, Liu addressed concerns raised by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in its annual review of human rights in China. The UN panel claimed that Beijing, in its efforts to combat religious extremism, “has changed the Uyghur autonomous region into something that resembles a massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy, a sort of no rights zone.”
The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is home to a Turkic-speaking Muslim Uyghur minority of some 8 million, out of a total 19 million residents. The region, rich in oil, gas and minerals, has long been traumatized by violence that Beijing blames on Islamist militants and separatists.