U.N. religious freedom expert seeks visit to China’s Xinjiang

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Source: Reuters

By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations investigator on religious freedom said on Tuesday he has asked China to let him visit its Xinjiang region where some 1 million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are in facilities activists call mass detention camps.

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Facing growing international opprobrium for what it calls re-education and training centers, China has stepped up diplomatic efforts to fend off censure.

Defending its de-radicalization program in the remote western region, China told diplomats recently that “absurd preachings” from Islamist extremists there had turned some people into “murderous devils”.

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