Million Uighurs detained in China, UN agency told

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China is holding a million Uighur in various “counter-extremism centres”, a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has told a UN human rights committee.

The BBC reported that Gay McDougall, raised this during the two-day meeting on China, held at Geneva.

Uighurs, who make up about 45% of China’s Xinjiang province, an autonomous region, is a Muslim ethnic minority.

According to reports by organisations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, China has been holding them en-mass in detention camps, often without any charges, where they are tortured and poorly fed.

The Chinese government denies the existence of such camps.

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