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France says wants observers allowed into China's Uighur regions

by Reuters
Tuesday, 21 July 2020 16:13 GMT

France's foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian joins growing political backlash against the treatment of the Uighur minority in China

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PARIS, July 21 (Reuters) - France's foreign minister on Tuesday condemned the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China and said Paris wanted independent observers to be allowed into the area.

"All of the practices in the area are unacceptable because they go against all the global human rights conventions and we condemn them strongly," Jean-Yves Le Drian told lawmakers in parliament.

"We ask that China allows access of international independent observers in this zone and the high commissioner for human rights to be allowed to freely enter this zone." (Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Catherine Evans)