Governor of China’s Xinjiang Province Says U.S. Bill Violates International Law

FILE PHOTO: Shohrat Zakir, chairman of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, speaks at the meeting of Xinjiang delegation on the sidelines of the National People’s Congress (NPC), at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A recent U.S. measure on Xinjiang is a severe violation of international law and gross interference in China’s internal affairs, the governor of the far western region said on Monday.

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation requiring a stronger response to Beijing’s treatment of its Uighur Muslim minority.

U.N. experts and activists say China has detained possibly 1 million Uighurs in mass detention camps in Xinjiang. China says the camps are part of an anti-terror crackdown and are providing vocational training.

The counter-terrorism measures in Xinjiang are no different from anti-terrorism measures in the United States, Xinjiang governor Shohrat Zakir told reporters in Beijing.

Reporting by Cate Cadell; Writing by Ryan Woo; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

Source: Reuters