On Tuesday, more than 40 countries urged China to grant the United Nations human rights chief quick access to the Xinjiang region in order to investigate accusations that more than a million people have been arbitrarily jailed there, some of whom have been tortured or forced to work.
Canadian Ambassador Leslie Norton read the joint statement on China to the United Nations Human Rights Council on behalf of Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, and the United States.
Authorities have been accused of torturing, forcing sterilization, sexual abuse, and separating children from their parents, according to the Canadian-led statement.
It slammed a legislation passed in Hong Kong a year ago that prohibits what China considers independence and terrorism. The first trials of those detained under the law are set to begin this week.
“We remain very concerned about the worsening of fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong as a result of the National Security Law, as well as the human rights situation in Tibet,” the statement stated.