MEPs hit out at rights abuses in China

MEPs say they "deplore" arbitrary arrests and detentions of ethnic minorities, journalists and human rights defenders in China, Belarus and the United Arab Emirates.

They also insist that China must end mass arbitrary detentions of minorities in the Xinjiang region

This follows recent systematic and arbitrary mass detentions of members of the Uyghur, Kazakh and other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region by Chinese authorities.

In a debate in Strasbourg on Thursday, MEPs demanded the immediate end to such practices and that those detained under such circumstances must be released unconditionally.

They also urged the Chinese government to close all camps and detention centres in the area and express their deep concern at reports of state harassment and intimidation of Uyghurs abroad. 

Parliament calls on all EU countries to suspend the return of ethnic Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other Turkic Muslim minorities to China, considering the risk of arbitrary detention, torture or other ill-treatment they would face.

MEPs finally demand that journalists and international observers should have free, unhindered access to the Xinjiang province, located in the north-west of China.

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