US, UK, Germany clash with China at UN over treatment of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang

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The United States, Germany and Britain clashed with China astatine the United Nations connected Wednesday implicit the attraction of Uyghur Muslims successful Xinjiang, angering Beijing by hosting a virtual lawsuit that China had lobbied UN subordinate states to enactment distant from.

"We volition support lasting up and speaking retired until China's authorities stops its crimes against humanity and the genocide of Uyghurs and different minorities successful Xinjiang," US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the event, which organisers said was attended by astir 50 countries.

Western states and rights groups impeach Xinjiang authorities of detaining and torturing Uyghurs and different minorities successful camps. Beijing denies the accusations and describes the camps arsenic vocational grooming facilities to combat spiritual extremism.

"In Xinjiang, radical are being tortured. Women are being forcibly sterilized," Thomas-Greenfield said.

Amnesty International caput wide Agnes Callamard told the lawsuit determination were an estimated 1 cardinal Uyghurs and predominantly Muslim taste minorities arbitrarily detained.

In a enactment to UN subordinate states past week, China's UN ngo rejected the accusations arsenic "lies and mendacious allegations" and accused the organisers of being "obsessed with provoking confrontation with China."

While China urged countries "NOT to enactment successful this anti-China event," a Chinese diplomat addressed the event.

"China has thing to fell connected Xinjiang. Xinjiang is ever open," said Chinese diplomat Guo Jiakun. "We invited everyone to sojourn Xinjiang, but we reason immoderate benignant of probe based connected lies and with the presumption of guilt."

The lawsuit was organized by Germany, the United States and Britain and co-sponsored by Canada, Australia, New Zealand and respective different European nations. Germany's U.N. Ambassador Christoph Heusgen said countries who sponsored the lawsuit faced "massive Chinese threats," but did not elaborate.

British U.N. Ambassador Barbara Woodward described the concern successful Xinjiang arsenic "one of the worst quality rights crises of our time," adding: "The grounds ... points to a programme of repression of circumstantial taste groups."

She called for China to let "immediate, meaningful and unfettered access" to U.N. quality rights main Michelle Bachelet.

Human Rights Watch enforcement manager Kenneth Roth called retired Bachelet for not joining the event.

"I'm definite she's busy. You cognize we each are. But I person a akin planetary mandate to support quality rights and I couldn't deliberation of thing much important to bash than to articulation you present today," Roth told the event.

Ravina Shamdasani, lawman spokesperson for the U.N. Human Rights office, said Bachelet - who has expressed superior concerns astir the quality rights concern successful Xinjiang and is seeking entree - was incapable to participate.

"The High Commissioner continues to prosecute with the Chinese authorities connected the modalities for specified a visit," she said, adding that Bachelet's bureau "continues to stitchery and analyse applicable accusation and travel the concern closely."

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