BEIJING: China’s treatment of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang and Tibet is a “shining example” of the development of human rights, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Monday, urging other countries to take action against Uighur oppression. Is.
Rights groups believe at least one million Uighurs and most other Muslim minorities are being held in camps in northwestern Xinjiang, where China is also accused of forcibly sterilizing women. And imposes a government of forced labor.
After initially denying the existence of the camps, Beijing later defended them as defensive professional training centers aimed at curbing the appeal of Islamic extremism. “Settlements in ethnic minorities, such as Xinjiang and Tibet, are a shining example of China’s human rights development.” Wang made the remarks at a forum on US-China relations in Beijing.
Wang’s remarks come as politicians from countries including the United States condemn the detention of minorities in Xinjiang, just hours before he addresses the annual UN Human Rights Council.
A spokesman for the foreign ministry said the foreign minister was due to address the UN body via video link later on Monday. In his address to the Wang Council, Wang will “share China’s philosophy, practice and experience in the protection of human rights.”
But the State Department says China’s actions in Xinjiang amount to genocide, while Canada is pushing for a similar declaration. Right groups and activists say Tibetans have also faced severe restrictions on their religion and culture under Chinese rule. In recent years, Tibetans have staged several self-immolation protests. Wang said on Monday that China was “always committed” to the protection of human rights and that the region’s per capita GDP growth rate and life expectancy provided evidence that human rights were protected. Is going “We believe that the rights to survival and development are fundamental human rights of fundamental importance,” Wang said.