Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks

Reuters: According to testimonies in a report by the BBC, women in Xinjiang's re-education camps are subject to systematic sexual abuse and torture. Do you have any comment on this report?

Wang Wenbin: I don't know if you have noted or not that the government of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region held another press conference not too long ago. I want to say that this is not the first time that the BBC has made some false reports on Xinjiang, and each time we refuted false claim and cleared out the situation. I must stress that so far, the Chinese side has published eight Xinjiang-related white papers, and the government of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has held more than 20 press conferences, showing with detailed figures and examples that people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang live in peace and contentment, unity and harmony, and that all their legal rights are effectively guaranteed. In recent years, more than 1,200 diplomats, journalists and representatives of religious groups from more than 100 countries have visited Xinjiang. They witnessed with their own eyes the unity, harmony, joy and peace of the people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang.

The report on alleged abuses of women's rights in Xinjiang you mentioned has no factual basis at all. As I just said, some of the interviewees turned out to be actors spreading false information. I'd like to share some more facts about Xinjiang with you here. In July 2019, more than 50 countries' permanent representatives in Geneva sent a joint letter to the President of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights commending China's counter-terrorism and de-radicalization efforts and protection of human rights. In October 2019, over 60 countries spoke at a Third Committee session of the 74th UNGA applauding the tremendous progress in Xinjiang's human rights cause. In July 2020, 46 countries delivered a joint address at the 44th session of the UNHRC in support of China's position, practice and progress on issues relating to Xinjiang. In October 2020, nearly 50 countries recognized the measures China has taken in Xinjiang when the Third Committee of the 75th UNGA was reviewing relevant issues. Also in October 2020, 20 Arab states' diplomats in China and Arab League delegates visited Xinjiang. After the trip, they all spoke highly of the region's progress in counter-terrorism and de-radicalization, protection of religious freedom, promotion of economic growth and livelihood.

We hope relevant media will face up to facts and stop the baseless vilification of China on Xinjiang-related issues.


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