US, UK condemn ‘systemic rape’ of Uighur women
Washington – The United States government has said it is “deeply disturbed” by a BBC report detailing allegations of systematic rape of Uighur women in Chinese camps.
“These atrocities shock the conscience and must be met with serious consequences,” a spokesperson said.
A United Kingdom government minister, Nigel Adams, said in parliament on Thursday that the report showed “clearly evil acts”.
According to estimates, more than a million Uighurs and other minorities have been detained in camps in China.
An investigation published by the BBC on Wednesday contained first-hand testimony of systematic rape, sexual abuse and torture of women detainees by police and guards.
China’s foreign ministry has denied the allegations, accusing the BBC of making a “false report”.
Spokesman Wang Wenbin said there was “no systemic sexual assault and abuse against women” and China operated all of its facilities within guidelines on human rights.
“China is a country [ruled] by law, our constitution guarantees and protects human rights, and it is embodied in our legal system under which governments work,” he said. (BBC)