Opinion from 43 countries against China

“There are general and systematic human rights violations, torture, forced sterilization, sexual violence,” it said in a joint statement that was read out on Thursday by the French UN ambassador Nicolas De Rivière in a human rights committee of the UN General Assembly.

“Credible reports point to the existence of a large network of camps for” political re-education “in which over a million people were arbitrarily detained,” read a corresponding statement from the 43 participating countries. Beijing must allow observers from the United Nations, especially UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, unhindered access to the affected areas. In addition to a number of European countries, the USA, Canada, Japan, Turkey, Liberia and Honduras are among the signatories of the declaration.

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