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UN says forced labor happening in Xinjiang, Tibet – POLITICO


Forced labor took place in China’s Xinjiang region, the UN’s top expert on slavery has concluded in a new report that angered Beijing.

It is ‘reasonable to conclude that forced labor among Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other ethnic minorities in sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing’ has taken place in the western region, where China has been accused of violations of human rights against the Muslim Uyghur minority, and a “genocide” by the United States

In scathing remarks, the UN special rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, Tomoya Obokata, added that some aspects of Chinese policy in Xinjiang may even amount to “enslavement as a crime against humanity.”

The report, released on Wednesday, reads: “Given the nature and extent of powers exercised over affected workers during forced labor, including excessive surveillance, abusive living and working conditions, movement restrictions through internment, threats, physical and/or sexual violence and other inhuman or degrading treatment, some cases may amount to slavery as a crime against humanity, deserving independent analysis further. »

Forced labor has also been identified in Tibet, the UN report adds.

Beijing blasted the UN slavery expert after the report was released. “A certain special rapporteur chooses to believe the lies and disinformation about Xinjiang spread by the United States and some other Western countries and anti-China forces,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.

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