Ambassadors of extra than 20 international locations have called on China to stop its mass detention of ethnic Uighurs in the Xinjiang location.

The international locations that criticized China's treatment of Uighur Muslims include Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany and Japan.

The unusual letter, dated July eight, became despatched to Coly Seck, president of the Human Rights Council, and Michelle Bachelet, the excessive commissioner for human rights at the Council.

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The letter decried "massive-scale locations of detention, as well as considerable surveillance and restrictions, especially focused on Uighurs and different minorities in Xinjiang."

"We call on China to uphold its national laws and international responsibilities and to admire human rights and essential freedoms, together with freedom of religion or belief in Xinjiang and throughout China," examine the letter.

"We call additionally on China to chorus from the arbitrary detention and restrictions on freedom of movement of Uighurs, and other Muslim and minority communities in Xinjiang."

Activists had sought a proper decision at the Council, but some analysts say the move become the simplest to be had choice to highlight the Uighur plight on the discussion board. China turned into concept to have enough votes to forestall any resolution, as a result the unusual step of an open letter of complaint from diplomats alternatively.

Sinicization of Islam?

In October final 12 months, chinese language government in the a long way-northwestern place of Xinjiang revised legislation to allow the use of "education and schooling facilities" to fight religious extremism.

Rights corporations say that during practice the facilities are internment camps wherein as many as 1 million minority Muslims had been placed in the past few years.

China says the camps are "schooling facilities" to equip people with employable abilities to help fight Islamist extremism in Xinjiang province, nonetheless the site of common violence.

The chinese language government has for decades tried to suppress pro-independence movements among Xinjiang's Muslim network, spurred largely by means of frustration over the influx of migrants from China's Han majority.

chinese authorities say that extremists in the vicinity have ties to terror groups, but have given little proof to assist that declare.

shs/msh  (AFP, Reuters)