China on Thursday labelled as “slander” a letter sent to top United countries officials by extra than 20 international locations condemning Beijing's treatment of ethnic minorities.

An anticipated 1,000,000 on the whole Muslim ethnic minorities are held in internment camps in the northwest location of Xinjiang — a system that Beijing defends as important to counter religious extremism and terrorism.

The UN letter "attacks, slanders, and has unwarranted accusations against China," said chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at a regular press briefing in Beijing.

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“it's miles a public politicisation of human rights problems and wantonly interferes in China's inner affairs,” he delivered.

The letter changed into co-signed through UN ambassadors from 22 nations — consisting of Australia, Britain, Germany and Japan — and become sent to the Human Rights Council president and the excessive Commissioner for Human Rights. The text covered situation approximately “credible reviews of arbitrary detention... As well as large surveillance and regulations, specifically concentrated on Uighurs and different minorities in Xinjiang.”

It also known as on China to stop arbitrary detention and allow “freedom of motion of Uighurs and other Muslim and minority groups in Xinjiang".

After first of all denying their life, Beijing has long gone on a public family members blitz in a bid to counter the worldwide outcry towards what it calls “vocational education centres”.

because last October, the neighborhood authorities has additionally organised tours of the camps for diplomats and media stores.

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has requested a reality-locating project to Xinjiang and China has extended an open invitation for her to go to the place.

however the international legit commonly best undertakes such country wide visits supplied the host authorities gives guarantees on sure conditions — together with unfettered get right of entry to to key sites.

Beijing changed into also compelled on Thursday to shield its human rights file from complaint by way of Slovakia and Britain.

Slovak president Zuzana Caputova warned of a “deteriorating human rights situation” to chinese overseas minister Wang Yi, even as British overseas Minister Jeremy Hunt took intention at the jailing of activists and said international locations that abuse journalists must pay a "diplomatic fee".

Geng warned that Hunt, who is hoping to come to be high minister, must not “use China” as a manner to campaign for votes and referred to Wang had outlined China's “outstanding development” in human rights, ethnic minority, and non secular rules during his meeting with Caputova.