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Human rights situation 'dire' in China: US Congress

AFP  |  Washington 

Chinese authorities are undertaking "unprecedented" repression of ethnic minorities including Muslim Uighurs as authoritarian government tactics cause humanrights conditions to deteriorate across the country, a damning US congressional report released Wednesday concluded.

The bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China, in its annual report, said repression has actually worsened in recent years despite Beijing's dramatic economic growth and broader engagement with the world.

It highlights "the dire human rights situation inside and the continued downward trajectory, by virtually every measure," since Xi Jinping became the Communist Party's in 2012 and the following year.

"Of particular concern is the mass, arbitrary internment of as many as one million or more Uighurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities in 'political reeducation' camps in western China," committee Marco Rubio and congressman said in the report's summary.

They warned that such abuses "may constitute crimes against humanity." And importantly, they stressed that the "unflinchingly continues to preserve its monopoly on domestic political power through state-sponsored repression, surveillance, indoctrination and brutality."

Washington, and in particular Congress, has been a of on the human rights front.

But the government of the world's most populous nation has come in for criticsm on multiple fronts, including the United Nations, which in August decried as "deeply disturbing" recent allegations of large-scale arbitrary detentions of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities.

The US this year took in the widow of Nobel Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo, a veteran of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests who died last year of while serving an 11-year sentence for "subversion." The commission said Chinese authorities detained at least 14 people who had tried to honor Liu Xiaobo's life.

The congressional report also assailed for its heavyhanded control of Hong Kong, citing the "continued erosion" of the city's autonomy as it faces an unprecedented challenge from

And it says the party implements repressive policies in Tibet, including "extensive and intrusive surveillance, strict regulations and rules to restrict Tibetans' religious and cultural rights.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 20:36 IST
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