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21 March, Thursday

China rejected European demand

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Western countries, including Germany, have demanded China shut down detention camps where up to a million ethnic Muslims are reportedly being held. Beijing has rejected the demands as being "politically driven."

According to Deutsche Welle Eurasia Diary reports, China has dismissed criticism of the suspected mass internment of Uighur Muslims in the far western region of Xinjiang.

At a United Nations review of the country's human rights record in Geneva on Tuesday, China said "training centers" to equip people with employable skills had helped quell Islamist extremism in once-troubled Xinjiang.

Rights activists, however, say the centers are political indoctrination camps where ethnic Uighurs, Kazakhs and other Muslim minorities are taught Communist propaganda and forced to renounce their faith.

UN experts have previously said there are credible reports that as many as 1 million ethnic Uighurs are being held in a secret network of camps.

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