Beijing: Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Russia and 34 other countries defended China at the United Nations, after envoys from 22 countries sharply criticized Beijing for the mass detention of Uyghur Muslims in camps in reckless Xinjiang province, a press release reported on Sunday .
European Union envoys, along with Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Canada, jointly wrote a letter last week to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHRC), Michelle Bachelet, asking China to implement its own laws and comply with international obligations and put an end to arbitrary imprisonment of Uighurs and other Muslim and minority communities, and allow freedom of religion.
They also urged Beijing to "end the massive arbitrary detentions and related violations against Muslims in the Xinjiang region".
China is facing serious criticism from Western countries for persistent reports of massive detention of Uighurs in Xinjiang, adjacent to Afghanistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), to control the violent attack by the separatist Eastern Turkish Islamic Movement (ETIM).
The Geneva-based UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said last year that it was alarmed by "countless reports of mass detention of ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities."
On July 11, China filed a protest with ambassadors from 22 countries for writing the letter to the UNHRC.
On Friday, China received the support of Muslim countries to refute the criticism that the world's influence is growing.
UN ambassadors from the 37 countries, including Russia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Egypt, Belarus, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines and the UAE, have refuted China's criticism by the 22 Western countries and wrote a joint letter to the UN – Human Rights Council and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights who expressed their support for China for its remarkable human rights achievements, reported state-run Global Times & # 39 ;.
"They said they support China & # 39; s human rights registration and China & # 39; s policy of resolutely fighting terrorism and extremism in the Xinjiang region," the report said.
"Terrorism, separatism and religious extremism have caused enormous damage to people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang who have seriously violated human rights, including the right to life, health and development," he said when quoting the letter.
"Faced with the serious challenge of terrorism and extremism, China has taken a series of measures in Xinjiang to combat terrorism and radicalization, including the establishment of vocational education and training centers," the report said.
The ambassadors expressed their "strong opposition" against the practice of the relevant countries to politicize human rights issues, by naming and accusing them, and putting public pressure on other countries.
"We urge the OHCHR, treaty bodies and relevant Special Procedures mandate holders to carry out their work in an objective and impartial manner in accordance with their mandate and with genuine and genuinely credible information, and value communication with Member States," said them in the letter.
Of the 37 countries there are many developing countries and Muslim nation nations.
"Their support for China shows the recognition of these countries of protecting the right to survival and development of people," said Chinese experts quoted daily.
"It also reveals the blatant attempt by Western countries to politicize the human rights issue in the international arena, where human rights issues should be used to drive the progress of human society, rather than being used as a political tool to to sovereign nations, "they said.
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