Twenty-one Western countries and Japan have sent a letter to the UN's top human rights official to denounce China's arbitrary arrests of ethnic Uighurs and other minorities in Xingyang.
The letter, signed in particular by France, Australia, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway and the Netherlands, was addressed to High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and President of the Human Rights Council, Colle Sik.
"We are concerned about credible reports of arbitrary arrests as well as widespread censorship and restrictions targeting the Uighurs and other minorities in Xingyang, China," the signers, who asked the High Commissioner to publish the document on their website, said.
The letter did not reach the level of an official statement read in the Council or a resolution that could be voted on as the activists wanted. Diplomats said the reason was due to government fears of a violent political and economic reaction from China.