United Nations, Aug 11 : A UN human rights committee has received many credible reports that more than 1 million ethnic Uighurs in China are being held in “counter-extremism centres”.China has not responded to the reports.
Gay McDougall, a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, claimed that Beijing had “turned the Uighur autonomous region into something that resembles a massive internment camp”.
Human rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have submitted reports to the UN committee documenting claims of mass imprisonment, in camps where inmates are forced to swear loyalty to Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The World Uyghur Congress said in a report that detainees are held indefinitely without charge, and forced to shout Communist Party slogans.
Beijing has previously denied the existence of such camps.Its 50-strong delegation said it would address questions on Monday, when the session in Geneva continues.
The Uighurs are a Muslim ethnic minority mostly based in China’s Xinjiang province. They make up around 45 per cent of the population there.