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Beijing snubs US report on China's abuse of Muslim community

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Rejecting US State Department's report criticising China's of its Uyghur Muslim minorities, on Thursday said that the said report was full of "ideological prejudice and groundless accusations".

Terming the as a self-styled "human rights defender", accused the US of pursuing a double standard, reported

In a report called 'Human Rights Record of the in 2018', stated that has a flawed and lacklustre human rights record.

is in a "league of its own" when it comes to human rights violations, US said on Wednesday while criticising for human rights violations and deterioration of conditions.

Releasing the State Department's annual human rights report titled 'Country Reports on Human Rights Practices', Pompeo alleged that intensified its crackdown on detaining Muslim minority groups at "record levels".

"There's China, which is in a league of its own when it comes to human rights violations. In just 2018, intensified its campaign of detaining Muslim minority groups at record levels. Today, more than 1 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslims are interned in reeducation camps designed to erase their religious and identities," Pompeo said.

The report highlighted the Chinese government's systematic internment and possible and torture of as many as two million Uyghur Muslims in northwestern Uyghur autonomous region in 2018, Morning Post reported.

It slammed China for restricting freedom of speech and allowing or committing violence against religious and groups.

"repression of the freedoms of speech, religion, movement, association, and assembly of Tibetans in the autonomous region (TAR) and other Tibetan areas and of Uygurs and other ethnic and religious minorities in worsened and was more severe than in other areas of the country," the report said.

The report found that the during 2018 "significantly intensified its campaign of mass detention of members of Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang".

It underlined that Chinese authorities "have arbitrarily detained 800,000 to possibly more than two million Uygurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and other Muslims in internment camps designed to erase religious and ethnic identities".

The report also noted China's human rights abuses including unlawful killings by the government, forced disappearance, torture, arbitrary detention, harsh and life-threatening prison and detention conditions, according to Morning Post.

"International media, human rights organisations, and former detainees reported security officials in the camps abused, tortured, and killed some detainees," it further noted.

In August last year, a human rights panel expressed grave concerns that there were credible reports that China was holding a million Uyghur Muslims in mass detention camps in province.

Several international human rights organisations have accused China of cracking down on the by sending them to mass detention camps, interfering in their religious activities and sending the minority community to undergo some form of forceful re-education or indoctrination.

However, Chinese authorities claimed that the camps are "educational training centres", and are needed to clamp down on terrorism and separatist and extremist activities.

Furthermore, the report highlighted that "members of the minority Uyghur ethnic group reported systematic torture and other degrading treatment by law enforcement officers".

The US co-hosted an event with Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and the at the in to raise awareness regarding ongoing and egregious human rights abuses in Xinjiang, where more than one million Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other members of Muslim minority groups have been detained since April 2017, the State Department said in a release.

"The strongly encouraged the UN and the for Human Rights to make these abuses a priority. Government officials, expert panellists, and survivor testimony highlighted the magnitude and severity of the violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Xinjiang," it added.

Participants also considered the next steps the international community could take in addressing the situation in Xinjiang, the statement further said.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 17:00 IST
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