China slams UN Xinjiang report as 'political tool' against Beijing

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Sep 01 2022 05:09 PM

Members of area Uyghur and Kazakh communities gather for a protest near United Nations headquarters in an effort to draw attention to an upcoming United Nations report on human rights violations in China’s Xinjiang region in New York, New York, USA, July 26, 2022. Justin Lane, EPA-EFE 
Members of area Uyghur and Kazakh communities gather for a protest near United Nations headquarters in an effort to draw attention to an upcoming United Nations report on human rights violations in China’s Xinjiang region in New York, New York, USA, July 26, 2022. Justin Lane, EPA-EFE 

BEIJING — China on Thursday said a major United Nations report into alleged human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region was a "political tool" against Beijing.

A long-awaited report by the UN human rights office said allegations of torture in the far-western region were credible and cited possible crimes against humanity.

"The so-called critical report you mentioned is planned and manufactured firsthand by the US and some Western forces, it is wholly illegal and invalid," foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a regular briefing. 

"The report is a hodgepodge of misinformation, and it is a political tool used as part of the West's strategy of using Xinjiang to control China," he added.

Wang said the UN rights office had "sunk to (becoming) the thug and accomplice of the US and the West against the vast majority of developing countries".

China for years has been accused of detaining more than one million Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang.

Beijing has vehemently rejected the claims, insisting it is running vocational centers designed to curb extremism.

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