China Uighurs: 1,000,000 held in political camps, UN instructed

An Uighur woman holds the IDs of her relatives who are currently detained, as she and others protest on a street in July, 2009 Symbol copyright Getty Pictures Image caption Uighur protesters pictured in 2009 wield the IDENTIFICATION cards of detained loved ones

A UN human rights committee has heard there are credible reviews that China is retaining 1,000,000 Uighurs in “counter-extremism centres”.

Gay McDougall, a member of the UN Committee on the Removal of Racial Discrimination, raised the claims at a -day UN meeting on China.

She mentioned she was once involved via studies that Beijing had “turned the Uighur autonomous area into one thing that resembles a big internment camp”.

China did not immediately respond.

Its 50-robust delegation said it could address questions about Monday, when the session in Geneva continues.

Symbol copyright Getty Images Symbol caption China denies the lifestyles of mass detention camps where Uighurs are held with out trial (Pictured: Uighur males at a bazaar in 2013) Extensive: Tensions between Beijing and the Uighurs

The claims come on a day of worsening religious tensions in different places in China.

within the north-western Ningxia area, masses of Muslims engaged in a standoff with authorities on Friday to prevent their mosque from being demolished.

Officials said the newly-constructed Weizhou Grand Mosque had no longer been given right kind construction allows. Alternatively, human rights teams say there’s expanding reliable hostility in opposition to Muslims in China, the place religious actions remain tightly managed through the government.

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