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Researchers condemn China for mass arrest of Muslim Uighurs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Countries must punish China for sanctions on the ethnic Uighurs mass raid, said hundreds of researchers on…

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Countries must punish China for sanctions on the ethnic Uighurs mass raid, said hundreds of researchers on Monday and warned that failure would give a signal of acceptance of “mental torture of innocent civilians.”

PHILPHOTO: Paramilitary police gesture to stop a photographer from taking pictures shot after an explosion attack hit downtown Urumqi in the authentic Xinjiang Uighur region May 23, 201

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Beijing has the latest During the months, war was being held against activists, academics and foreign governments on mass conservation and strict monitoring of the Muslim Uighur minority and other ethnic groups in the western part of Xinjiang.

In August, a UN Panel on Human Rights said that it had received many credible reports that one million or more uriners and other minorities were held in what resembles a “massive detention camp held secretly” in the region.

Representatives from a group of 278 researchers in various disciplines from dozens of countries invited China to a Washington News Summit to end its deprivation policy and sanctions against key Chinese leaders and security companies linked to abuse.

“This situation needs to be addressed to prevent negative future precedents being made regarding the acceptance of the state’s complete oppression of a segment of the population, especially because of ethnicity or religion,” the group said in a statement.

Countries should accelerate asylum requests from Xinjiang’s Muslim minorities, as well as “spearhead a movement for UN actions aimed at investigating this mass-integration system and closing camps,” said it.

China rejects criticism of its actions in Xinjiang, saying it protects the religion and culture of minorities and that its security measures are needed to combat the influence of extremist groups that encourage violence there.

The country’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said that the world should ignore “gossip” about Xinjiang and trust the government.

However, after the first denial of detention camps, Chinese officials have said that certain persons who commit minor violations were sent to “vocational” training centers, learning the professional skills and legal knowledge aimed at combating military activity.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Tuesday China’s Xinjiang policy was entirely from the need to fight terrorism.

“We resolutely oppose some foreign forces trying to disturb Xinjiang affairs and China’s domestic policies,” he said at a regular news briefing in Beijing.

Michael Clarke, an Xinjiang expert at Australian National University, who signed the statement, told reporters that China sought international respect for its importance in global affairs.

“The international community must show to Beijing that it will not get it while it makes it a major part of its own citizenship,” Clarke said.

Reporting by Michael Martina; Further reporting from Philip Wen in Beijing; Editing Lisa Shumaker and Nick Macfie

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