China rejects accusations of forced labour or detentions in the northwestern region of Xinjiang as “lies and false information concocted by anti-China forces” trying to curb the country’s development.
China’s foreign ministry made the statement on Tuesday, a day after a human rights group appealed for a UN investigation into possible crimes against humanity by the communist government against its Muslim ethnic minority.
Foreign ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin accused China’s critics of trying to “undermine Xinjiang’s stability and security and curb China’s development” as he rejected accusations of abuses.
Wang also accused news outlets of acting as a “loudspeaker of lies and disinformation.”
Human Rights Watch on Monday appealed to the UN Human Rights Commission to investigate reports of mass detention of Muslims, a crackdown on religious practices and other measures against minorities.
The rights group said the action of the Chinese government amount to crimes against humanity as defined by the treaty that established the International Criminal Court.
More than 1 million people have been confined to camps in Xinjiang, according to foreign governments and researchers. Authorities there are accused of imposing forced labour and birth controls.
Beijing rejects complaints of abuses and says the camps are for job training to support economic development and combat Islamic radicalism.
The government in recent weeks is pressing foreign clothing and shoe brands to reverse decisions to stop using cotton from Xinjiang due to reports of possible forced labour.
China has denied the United Nations unfettered access to the region to investigate.
Wang called on foreign observers to “respect facts and truth” and to “stop the wrong practice of spreading disinformation about Xinjiang and making false statements at every turn.” (Source: Mainichi Japan)