China on Wednesday ratified two international conventions against forced labor. It happened months after UN experts raised concerns about the country’s treatment of ethnic and religious minorities. This mainly relates to the alleged abuses, including forced labor, in the Xinjiang region. They are still playing.
Human rights groups estimate that at least one million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities are being held in “re-education camps”. Beijing strongly denies the allegations.
China insists that the camps are vocational training centers. They are said to be intended to diminish the appeal of Islamic extremism.
The United Kingdom and the United States, among other countries, have criticized Chinese policy. The US State Department has previously called on China to end “genocide and crimes against humanity” in the region.
China’s top legislature on Wednesday ratified the ratification of two anti-forced labor conventions, one from the International Labor Organization and the International Labor Organization and the other from the Abolition of Forced Labor Convention.
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