They have said members of China’s Muslim minorities are held involuntarily for transgressions such as wearing long beards and face veils. All 193 UN member states must undergo a periodic review by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Chinese officials have said the facilities are part of efforts to combat terrorism, religious extremism and separatism in Xinjiang following unrest that left hundreds dead in the past few years. “The Chinese government owes some answers to international questions about Xinjiang,” Maya Wang (王松蓮), senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, told reporters. In addition to Xinjiang, China is expected to come under scrutiny for other aspects of its human rights record, especially Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) crackdown on civil liberties and religious freedoms.
Source: Taipei Times November 04, 2018 15:56 UTC