39 COUNTRIES CONDEMN CHINA OVER POLICIES IN XINJIANG, HONG KONG
Germany has led dozens of countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan, urging China to respect the rights of its minority Muslim Uighurs, and expressing their concern about the political situation in Hong Kong, in a move that drew a quick and angry response from Beijing.
Germany’s UN ambassador Christoph Heusgen, who led the initiative during a meeting on human rights said they are gravely concerned about the human rights situation in Xinjiang and the recent developments in Hong Kong.
Heusgen urged China to allow UN rights observers “immediate, meaningful and unfettered access” to Xinjiang, where at least a million Uighurs are being held in what it says are vocational skills training centres, but critics call detention camps.
Among the 39 countries signing the declaration were most of the EU member states, as well as Canada, Haiti, Honduras, Australia and New Zealand.
The declaration also called on Beijing to uphold the rights and freedoms of residents of Hong Kong, amid growing allegations of political repression following the imposition of the controversial national security law in July.