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NGOs urge UN to adopt resolution on China's human rights abuses

Alleged mass detention of Uighurs sparks call for strong collective action

A total of 37 international NGOs are pressing the U.N. Human Rights Council to respond to the human rights situation in China, particularly in minority areas like in Kashgar, in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. (AFP/Jiji)

TOKYO -- Nongovernmental organizations from around the world are urging the United Nations and the international community to take concrete action in response to what they see as increasingly severe human rights abuses in China.

In an open letter published Wednesday, 37 NGOs, including PEN America, Free Tibet, the World Uyghur Congress and the Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders, pressed members of the U.N. Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution condemning Chinese human rights violations. The 47-member council opens its 40th session on Feb. 25 in Geneva.

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