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Exiled Uyghur leader seeks UN Security Council action on China

About 3m people are being held in detention camps in Xinjiang, says Dolkun Isa

A security officer holds out a detector on a street in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang in 2013.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The exiled leader of the World Uyghur Congress urged the United Nations Security Council to take action on China over its use of detention camps for Muslims in the western autonomous region of Xinjiang.

Dolkun Isa, president of the Germany-based organization that seeks self-determination for the Uyghur people, said that about 3 million people were being held for indefinite periods with no means of contacting family members.

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