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France Says China’s Repression of Xinjiang Uighurs Is Unacceptable

Surveillance cameras are mounted to a post near a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang in 2018.

Surveillance cameras are mounted to a post near a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang in 2018.

Source: Bloomberg

France renewed its criticism of China over the treatment of the Uighurs in Xinjiang on Wednesday, calling for human rights observers to be allowed into the region and demanding that internment camps be closed.

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said witness accounts indicated human rights abuses that cannot be ignored, such as detention camps, people disappearing, forced labor, the destruction of Uighur cultural heritage and especially places of worship, surveillance, and a system of repression.