US criticizes China’s human rights violations

US State Department has slammed China’s treatment of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in its annual human rights report.

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The department released its “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018” on Wednesday.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that China was “in a league of its own when it comes to human rights violations.”

The report says China significantly intensified its campaign of mass detention of members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in 2018.

It says authorities “arbitrarily detained 800,000 to possibly more than 2 million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and other Muslims in internment camps.”

The report also says the government constructed new internment camps in Xinjiang and continued efforts to convince Uighurs studying abroad to return to China.

Chinese authorities have denied the allegations, and say the facilities are aimed at providing job training for those who have been influenced by radical ideology.

The report also criticized human rights practices in many other countries.

As for North Korea, the report says the country has made no progress in its investigation into the whereabouts of abducted Japanese citizens.

The report also says media reports in Iran suggest at least 20 anti-government protesters were killed in the country, with thousands more arrested.

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