France demands free entry of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to Xinjiang-ANI

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Paris [France], July 22 (ANI): The French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, demanded the free entry of independent international observers and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in the China’s Xinjiang province in the west of the country, home to around one million Uyghurs.
“All the practices in the region are unacceptable because they go against all the global conventions of human rights and we strongly condemn them”, declared Tuesday the senior French diplomat quoted by the news agency Anadolu.
Paris is closely monitoring the situation in Xinjiang, but also wants independent international observers and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to be allowed “free entry” into the region, he said.
In recent weeks, several countries have announced tough actions against China for the atrocities committed against Uyghurs by the Chinese government.
Britain’s Muslim Council on Tuesday urged the UK government to “take strong action” against China for “the ethnic cleansing of Uyghur Muslims.”
The United States on Monday (local time) announced sanctions against a new group of 11 Chinese companies for their alleged involvement in human rights violations in Xinjiang. (ANI)

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