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Campuses not camps: China defends Xinjiang policies at UN

China on Friday flatly rejected criticism of mass detainment of Muslim minorities in its restive Xinjiang region, insisting it has set up campuses , not camps, in a bid to counter radicalisation. China s vice foreign minister Le Yucheng, the head of a delegation speaking before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, slammed ill-intentioned accusations against vocational training centres in Xinjiang. He was responding to a long line of comments and recommendations regarding the situation in Xinjiang made during a so-called Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of China s rights record before the council last November. A number of countries at the time cited estimates that some one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic minorities are being held in detention centres in Xinjiang, and asked China to halt the practice. But Le insisted Friday that such claims showed a total disregard for the facts , and were aimed at interference under the disguise of human rights. The training ...

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