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US report urges punishment of China officials over Xinjiang abuse

Congressional commission weighs use of Magnitsky Act to target those behind Muslim camps

People mingle in the old town of Kashgar, China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.   © Reuters

BEIJING (Financial Times) -- A US congressional report has recommended that individual Chinese officials be held accountable for "serious human rights abuse", as China formalises its policy of mass detentions of Uighur Muslims in its frontier region of Xinjiang.

This week, the Xinjiang government updated a law to allow vocational training centres to be used to "educate and transform people who have been influenced by extremism", giving legal backing to mass detention camps built in the region over the past two years.

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