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Dozens of countries condemn China over Xinjiang abuse claims

Mounting calls for U.N. rights chief to publish delayed report on allegations

Police officers patrol the streets of Kashgar in China's Xinjiang. Millions of the region's Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities have allegedly been subjected to abuses including torture, forced labor and arbitrary detention.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Nearly 50 nations are calling on China to address claims of widespread rights abuses in its western Xinjiang region and for the U.N.'s rights chief to publish a long-delayed report on the allegations.

The joint statement delivered to the United Nations Human Rights Council Tuesday comes after U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet was widely criticized for going ahead with a tightly-coordinated trip to Xinjiang last month.

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