Wang Yi: No genocide, forced labor or religious oppression in Xinjiang

At the high-level meeting of the 46th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi slammed multiple “inflammatory accusations” targeting human rights in the country’s far west Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

There has never been so-called “genocide,” “forced labor” or “religious oppression,” Wang said. The meeting was held in Geneva, Switzerland.

He reiterated that the essence of the Xinjiang issue is anti-terrorism and anti-separation.

“Xinjiang preserves the right of people’s freedom of religious belief based on law,” Wang told the meeting.

In his speech regarding the COVID-19 fight, Wang proposed a people-centric human rights philosophy, while calling for promoting human rights via dialogue and cooperation and highlighted the importance of combining the universal principles of human rights with the reality in different countries. 

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