EU’s inaction on mistreatment of Uyghur Muslims in China is ‘deplorable’

European countries have failed to stand up for victims of human rights abuses, including an estimated one million in forced labour camps, MEP says

19th November, 2020
EU’s inaction on mistreatment of Uyghur Muslims in China is ‘deplorable’
Three men of the Uyghur minority having a conversation in Kashgar in Xianjiang: the Uyghur Muslims in China have been subject to human rights abuses, with an estimated one million in detention camps. Photo: Getty

European Union member states are guilty of “deplorable” inaction on the issue of Uyghur Muslim mistreatment in northwestern China, the chair of the European Parliament’s China delegation has said.

The Chinese Communist Party operates a vast network of detention camps in Xinjiang province which, according to some estimates, hold more than one million Uyghur Muslims and other minorities.

The Chinese government has described them as voluntary anti-extremism schools which also aim...

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