The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) published a report September 4 alleging gross human rights violations against Chinese Muslims living in the country’s western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).
CERD’s research follows “two days of testimony and submissions by experts, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the World Uyghur Congress, and more, earlier this month,” it stated.
It urged Chinese authorities to “define and criminalize all forms of racial discrimination in full conformity with article 1 of the Convention”, as well as “prohibit both direct and indirect racial discrimination in all fields of public life, including law enforcement and other government powers.”
Under the vaguely-defined pretext of ‘protecting human rights’ and ‘fighting racism and inequality’, the committee urged China to expand “special measures to reduce high levels of poverty and related inequality among affected ethnic minorities,” and “further strengthening basic infrastructure and public services in predominantly ethnic areas, including rural areas.”
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“Numerous reports of detention of large numbers of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities held incommunicado and often for long periods, without being charged or tried, under the pretext of countering terrorism and religious extremism,” the report alleged, admitting that…