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U.S. condemns China at UN rights forum for abuse of Uighurs, Tibetans

Jamal Rehi chants with others during a rally to encourage Canada and other countries as they consider labeling China’s treatment of its Uighur population and Muslim minorities as genocide, outside the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., U.S. February 19, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis/Files

The United States on Friday condemned China’s abuse of ethnic and religious minorities, including what it called “crimes against humanity and genocide” being committed in Xinjiang region against ethnic Uighurs and severe restrictions in Tibet.

Mark Cassayre, U.S. charge d’affaires, in a speech to the U.N. Human Rights Council, also said: “We condemn Hong Kong authorities’ detention of democratic activists for exercising their rights and freedoms and call for their immediate release.”

He urged Russia to unconditionally release Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny as well as hundreds of others he said were being unlawfully detained in Russia.


March 12, 2021

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