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Twenty-two Western countries and Japan have sent a letter to the UN's top human rights official to denounce China's arbitrary arrests of the Muslim minority of Uighurs and other minorities in western China's Xinjiang province.

The letter, signed in particular by Germany, France, Australia, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway and the Netherlands, was addressed to the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and the President of the Human Rights Council,.

"They are concerned about credible reports of arbitrary arrests … as well as widespread censorship and restrictions targeting mainly Uighurs (Muslims) and other minorities in Xingyang Bagar China"He said.

Since a series of bloody attacks in Xinjiang have been attributed to members of the Turkish-speaking Muslim Uighur minority, the Chinese government has tightened security measures in this vast area. It is suspected that China has put about a million people, especially Uighurs and other Muslims in rehabilitation camps. But Beijing denies these figures and talks about "vocational training centers" dedicated to countering Islamic extremism.

"We remind China of its duties as a member of the Human Rights Council" on "respect for the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights and to cooperate fully with the Council". "We ask China to respect its international obligations and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of religion and belief, in Xinjiang and throughout China," the signatories wrote."He said.

In March, High Commissioner for Human Rights Bachelet confirmed that she was waiting for Beijing to allow "full" access to Xingyang.

But the message did not reach the level of an official statement read in the council or a vote that could be voted on as activists wanted, diplomats said, due to government fears of a violent political and economic reaction from China.

"It is the first collective reaction on Xingyang, the idea of ​​a resolution that was never presented," a Western diplomat told Reuters on Wednesday (July 10, 2019). Another envoy said: "This is an official step because it will be published as an official document of the Council … It is a signal."

H / H / A / H (AFP, Reuters)

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