UN report accuses China of torture and sexual violence against Muslim minority

A UN report released Thursday warned that rapes against members of the Muslim minority in China’s Xinjiang province may constitute “crimes against humanity.”

The report issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said: “Allegations of repeated practices of torture or ill-treatment, in particular forced medical treatment and detention in poor conditions, are credible.”

The US government accuses Beijing of committing “genocide” in Xinjiang. In January, the French National Assembly, like the UK, the Netherlands and Canada, called China’s treatment of the Uyghurs “genocide”.

Western organizations also accuse Beijing of keeping more than a million Uyghurs and members of other local Muslim ethnic groups in “re-education camps” in Xinjiang, forcing them into “forced labor” or “forced sterilization.”

This Chinese region has been under heavy surveillance for years, and the Chinese authorities deny all these accusations, and present these “camps” as “vocational training centers” aimed at combating religious extremism and professionally rehabilitating the population.

Last August, the Madrid-based human rights organization Safeguard Defenders said: “This practice continues despite reforms introduced in the early 2000s that tightened judicial oversight of China’s mental health system.”