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India, after abstaining from condemning China, speaks for Uyghur Muslim rights

Within 24 h of abstaining from a vote against China for its treatment of Uyghur Muslims at the UN Human Rights Council, India today said that the human rights of people of Xinjiang should be respected. At a press briefing, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Arindam Bagchi said, "India remains committed to upholding all human rights. India’s vote is in line with its long held position that country specific resolutions are never helpful. India favours a dialogue to deal with such issues."

International media reports say China is so oppressive in Xinjiang that it does not even let the province's Muslims name their babies after Mohammed, Islam's prophet, while the state also monitors barber shops where Muslim customers are stopped from sporting typical Muslim-like facial hair, with the moustache shaved off and beard the size of a fistful. Muslims violating the state order are packed off to 'education centres', a euphemism for concentration camps of the type that Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime ran in or gulags that the government ran in the Soviet Union. In fact, China has had a similar history during Mao Zedong's Great Leap Forward.

"We have taken note of the OHCHR Assessment of human rights concerns in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, People’s Republic of China. The human rights of the people of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region should be respected and guaranteed. We hope that the relevant party will address the situation objectively and properly," the spokesman said.

Yesterday, India was among the 11 countries which abstained in voting against China for their alleged human rights abuse of the Uyghur population in the Xinjiang province.

While 17 members voted in favour of the resolution at UNHRC, 19 members, including China, Pakistan, and Nepal, voted against it. Eleven members, including India, Brazil, Mexico and Ukraine, abstained.

Since 2017, there has been extensive documentation of China’s crackdown against Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, carried out under the guise of fighting terrorism.

The said that the situation was not normal between India and China. His statement was in contradiction to Beijing's envoy who claimed that the situation was becoming normal along the Line of Actual Control.

Last week, China's military had said that the disengagement of Chinese and Indian troops from Patrolling Point 15 in the Gogra-Hot Springs area in eastern Ladakh was conducive to promoting peace and tranquillity in the border areas.

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