A UN committee requests an investigation into rights breaches in Xinjiang.

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has called on China to immediately investigate allegations of human rights abuses in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region . The Committee also requested that Beijing immediately investigate allegations of torture, ill-treatment, sexual assault, forced labor, forced disappearances, and deaths in jail .

Geneva (Switzerland), November 25, 2017: The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has called on China to immediately investigate allegations of human rights abuses in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), including allegations of torture, ill-treatment, sexual assault, forced labor, forced disappearances, and deaths in jail, according to a press release from the UN Human Rights Office.The Committee also requested that Beijing immediately According to the Human Rights Office, the committee recommended that China conduct a complete review of its legislative framework governing national security, counter-terrorism, and minorities rights in the XUAR to ensure that it fulfills its obligations as a signatory to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).They are obligated to be subjected to periodic checks by the Committee of 18 independent international experts on how they are implementing the Convention.In 2018, the Committee reviewed Chinese periodic reports and issued Conclusion Observations, in which it expressed a variety of reservations about human rights abuses of Uyghur and other Muslim minorities in the XUAR.

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