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UN seeks access to Uighur camps in Xinjiang

ANI  |  Geneva [Switzerland] 

The Human Rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, has sought access to the Uighur camps in China's Province to verify "worrying" reports about human rights violations in the region.

Quoting Bachelet, reported that her office is seeking direct access to the camps.

"We wish to engage in a serious dialogue on this pressing matter," Bachelet said while referring to the UN extending help to to deal with violent extremism.

The Uighurs are a Muslim majority in the province, situated in the western part of and is officially designated as an autonomous region.

Experts have said that over one million Uighurs have been detained in internment camps where they are forced to undergo forceful re-education or indoctrination.

The Chinese government, on the other hand, has continuously denied any human rights violations in the region.

In a recent press briefing, the of the of Uygur Autonomous Region, Shohrat Zakir, claimed that the Chinese government's policies in the region have led to the containment of religious extremism, has brought peace and led to economic growth in Xinjiang.

He further stated that the Chinese Government's "vocational education and training programme" in Xinjiang has been created in response to the General Assembly's resolution on Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, and has combined the fight against terrorism with the protection of human rights.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 06:00 IST