UN religious freedom expert requests visit to China’s Xinjiang

By Reuters

The United Nations investigator for religious freedom has asked China to let him visit its Xinjiang region where some one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are being kept in facilities that activists call mass detention camps.

Facing growing international opprobrium for what it calls re-education and training centres, China has stepped up diplomatic efforts to fend off censure.

Defending its programme in the remote western region, China told diplomats recently that “absurd preachings” from “Islamist extremists” there had turned some people into “murderous devils”.