Update: May 15, 2021 5:25 PM STI
Beijing [China], May 15 (ANI): Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden issued a joint statement expressing serious concern over the human rights situation. man of Uyghurs and other Turkish Muslim minorities in China’s Xinjiang province.
The Nordic and Baltic states’ statement, which was delivered on Wednesday by Martin Bille Hermann, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the UN, said: “We are gravely concerned about the information presented in the reports and statements on the situation of human rights in Xinjiang. Uyghur Autonomous Region. “
Countries have also expressed concern about the existence of a large network of so-called “political re-education” camps, in which large numbers of people are held in arbitrary long-term detention.
“We are also concerned about efforts to severely restrict the right to freedom of religion or belief, expression, peaceful assembly and association, and the freedoms of movement of Uyghurs and other persons belonging to minority groups, as well as other human rights violations and abuses in Xinjiang, ”the statement read.
They also expressed concern about evidence-based reporting, including forced labor, forced use of contraception, sexual abuse and forced sterilizations.
“Human rights, as stipulated in international law and provided for in the Chinese constitution must be fully guaranteed for all persons belonging to religious and ethnic minorities, also in Xinjiang,” the statement said.
He added that the Nordic and Baltic countries have called on China to allow journalists and other media professionals to report on the human rights situation in Xinjiang without surveillance, censorship or fear of reprisals.
China has been broadly reprimanded for cracking down on Uyghur Muslims by sending them to mass detention camps, interfering in their religious activities and sending community members to undergo some form of re-education or forced indoctrination .
Beijing, for its part, has vehemently denied being involved in human rights abuses against Uyghurs in Xinjiang, as reports from journalists, NGOs and former detainees have surfaced, highlighting the Communist Party’s brutal crackdown. Chinese against the ethnic community.
Earlier this year, the United States became the first country in the world to declare Chinese actions in Xinjiang as “genocide.” In February, the Canadian and Dutch parliaments passed motions recognizing the Uyghur crisis as genocide. The latter became the first parliament in Europe to do so.
In April, the UK also declared China’s ongoing crackdown in Xinjiang to be “genocide.” (ANI)