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The United Nations warned Wednesday of possible “crimes against humanity” in China’s Xinjiang region, in a long-delayed report released just minutes before UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet left her post.

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“The extent of arbitrary and discriminatory detention of members of Uyghur and other predominantly Muslim groups, pursuant to law and policy, in context of restrictions and deprivation more generally of fundamental rights enjoyed individually and collectively, may constitute international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity,” the report said.

The UN also warned that allegations of patterns of torture and forced medical treatment in China’s Xinjiang region were “credible”, insisting the situation there required “urgent” international attention. 

“Allegations of patterns of torture or ill-treatment, including forced medical treatment and adverse conditions of detention, are credible,” the UN rights office said in a long-delayed report, insisting that the situation in the region “requires urgent attention by the government, the United Nations intergovernmental bodies and human rights system, as well as the international community more broadly.”

Bachelet, whose four-year term ends this week, has faced criticism for being too soft on China during a May visit, after which she decided not to seek a second term.

(With REUTERS and AFP)

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