UN religious freedom expert seeks visit to China’s Xinjiang


GENEVA: The United Nations investigator on religious freedom said on Tuesday he has asked China to let him visit its Xinjiang region where some 1 million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are in facilities activists call mass detention camps.

Facing growing international opprobrium for what it calls re-education and training centres, China has stepped up diplomatic efforts to fend off censure.

Defending its de-radicalisation programme in the remote western region, China told diplomats recently that “absurd preachings” from Islamist extremists there had turned some people into “murderous devils”.

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