PARIS – Macron condemns Beijing’s repression against Uighurs

In response to a letter co-signed by about 30 French MPs, French President Emmanuel Macron said the repression against the Uighur Muslim minority in China was “unacceptable” and France would condemn it “in the strongest possible terms”.

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“All these practices are unacceptable because they run counter to the universal principles enshrined in international human rights conventions, and we condemn them in the strongest possible terms,” Macron said.

“I want to assure you that we will remain fully mobilised on the situation of the Uighurs,” he stressed, detailing the initiatives taken by Paris at the international level, in particular in UN forums.

Since the series of attacks and the coming to power of President Xi Jinping in 2013, detentions in forced labour camps in Xinjiang, in north-western China, have multiplied.

UN experts and activists say at least a million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are held in detention centres in Xinjiang.

China, in turn, calls them training centres helping to halt terrorism and extremism.

Beijing’s treatment of Uighurs and the Hong Kong security law may be discussed at the UN Human Rights Council’s regular session that opens on 14 September.

(Anne Damiani | EURACTIV.FR)

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