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China's Xinjiang faces 'risk of genocide': EU parliament

Motion urges Beijing to end alleged forced labor, sterilization of Uyghurs

Security guards stand at the gates of what is officially known as a vocational skills education center in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.   © Reuters

LONDON -- The European Parliament labeled the alleged human rights abuses in China's Xinjiang region as "crimes against humanity" and warned of "a serious risk of genocide," in a nonbinding vote on Thursday.

The joint motion was passed in a plenary session in Strasbourg, France. The vote is not binding and will not automatically change European Union policy.

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