Eexiled advocate for Uighur, Rabiye Kadeer, in Osaka, Japan. June 28, 2019. Photo: RFA
Uighur leader urges G20 pressure to end China ‘genocide’
  • Tue, 07/02/2019 - 21:56

28 June 2019

OSAKA, Japan: An exiled advocate for China’s ethnic Uighur minority Friday urged world leaders gathered in Japan for the G20 summit to confront Chinese President Xi Jinping over the “genocide” of her Muslim people.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Osaka meeting, Rebiya Kadeer said strong world pressure was essential to free an estimated one million people, mostly ethnic Uighurs, held in internment camps in western China.

“(The) entire Uighur people are facing (an) existential threat, and its real and urgent,” Kadeer, the 72-year-old head of the World Uyghur Congress, said through an interpreter.

Chinese officials describe the camps as voluntary “vocational education centers” where Turkic-speaking Uighurs receive job training.

But rights groups and former inmates describe them as “concentration camps” where Uighurs and other minorities are being forcefully assimilated into China majority ethnic Han society.