France denounces ‘unacceptable’ treatment of Uighurs in China

France’s foreign minister on Tuesday condemned the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China and said Paris wanted independent observers to be allowed into the area.

“All of the practices in the area are unacceptable because they go against all the global human rights conventions and we condemn them strongly,” Jean-Yves Le Drian told lawmakers in parliament.

An ethnic Uighur woman looks through a security fence at the Grand Bazaar as Chinese soldiers watch in Urumqi, in China's far western region of Xinjiang on 9 July 2009.
An ethnic Uighur woman looks through a security fence at the Grand Bazaar as Chinese soldiers watch in Urumqi, in China’s far western region of Xinjiang on 9 July 2009. © AFP / Peter Parks

“We ask that China allows access of international independent observers in this zone and the high commissioner for human rights to be allowed to freely enter this zone.”

(REUTERS)

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