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China: Claims that it has released Uyghurs are not credible

    July 30, 2019

    Responding to claims by senior Chinese officials that they have released the majority of ethnic minority Muslims being held in detention camps in northwest China, Nicholas Bequelin, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East and South-East Asia said:

    “China is making deceptive and unverifiable statements in a vain attempt to allay worldwide concern for the mass detentions of Uyghurs and members of other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.

    “We have received no reports about large scale releases – in fact, families and friends of people who are being detained tell us they are still not able to contact them.

    “Given China’s record of heavy censorship, outright falsehoods and systematic obfuscation about the situation in Xinjiang, it remains imperative that UN human rights investigators, independent observers and the media be given unrestricted access to the region as a matter of urgency.” 

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