Amnesty International: China has created a dystopian hellscape in Xinjiang

China has created a dystopian hellscape in Xinjiang, Amnesty report says
China's alleged abuses in Xinjiang have generated global outrage since an escalation in 2017. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Amnesty International has said China is committing crimes against humanity in Xinjiang, the north-western Xinjiang province that is home to the Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities.

In a report published on Thursday, the human rights organisation called on the United Nations to investigate and said China had subjected Kazakhs, Uyghurs and other Muslims to mass detention, torture and surveillance.

Amnesty International’s secretary general Agnès Callamard accused Chinese authorities of creating “a dystopian hellscape on a staggering scale”.

Ms Callamard said: “It should shock the conscience of humanity that massive numbers of people have been subjected to brainwashing, torture and other degrading treatment in internment camps, while millions more live in fear amid a vast surveillance apparatus.”

She also accused António Guterres, UN Secretary General, of “failing to act according to his mandate”.

Ms Callamard said the UN Secretary General “has not denounced the situation, he has not called for an international investigation. It is incumbent on him to protect the values upon which the UN has been founded, and certainly not to stay silent in front of crimes against humanity.”

In the 160-page report based on interviews with 55 former detainees, Amnesty International said there was evidence the Chinese government had committed “at least the following crimes against humanity: torture, persecution and imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law.”

The Amnesty International report follows a similar set of findings by another leading human rights group Human Rights Watch, which said in an a report published in April that it believed the Chinese government was responsible for crimes against humanity.

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