The French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, denounced a “Institutionalized system of repression” from China against Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region in the northwest of the country. These remarks took place before the UN Human Rights Council, Wednesday, February 24.
“From the Chinese region of Xinjiang we receive testimonies and corroborating documents, which show unjustifiable practices against the Uighurs, and a large-scale institutionalized surveillance and repression system”, he said during an intervention by videoconference.
China praised, for its part, Monday, February 22, socio-economic development in Xinjiang and Tibet as a “Shining example” China’s progress in human rights.
Charges of forced labor and forced sterilization
According to studies by American and Australian institutes, at least one million Uighurs have been interned in “Camps” Xinjiang and some have been subjected to ” forced labor “ or to “Forced sterilizations”. China categorically denies the last two accusations and asserts that the “Camps” are “Vocational training centers” intended to distance the population from religious extremism and separatism, after numerous deadly attacks against civilians by Uighurs.
The head of French diplomacy also deplored a “Series of significant regressions for human rights” from Belarus, where “The democratic aspiration of a people has been swept away by violence”, to Syria, where the president “Bashar Al-Assad continues to wage war on his people, with the help of his allies”.
He also recalled the poisoning attempt of the Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny “Using a military grade nerve agent manufactured by Russia”. “After having come close to death, Alexeï Navalny is now in prison”, he stressed. The French minister also said he was very “Concerned” by the fate of Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, imprisoned again in Iran, and called for the release of Franco-Iranian researcher Fariba Adelkhah.
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