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The US State Department said on Wednesday that the United States is “deeply disturbed” by reports of systematic rape and sexual abuse against women in camps where China is holding Uighurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang.
A ministry spokesman repeated accusations that China had committed “crimes against humanity and genocide” in Xinjiang. “These atrocities must be met with serious consequences,” he said.
The official was responding to a question about a BBC report earlier on Wednesday that women in camps where Chinese Uighurs and other Muslims are being held in Xinjiang have been raped, sexually assaulted and tortured.
The BBC said, “Several former detainees and a female guard told the BBC that they had experienced or witnessed evidence of a systematic system of gang rape, sexual assault and torture.”
Beijing strongly denies accusations of abuse in Xinjiang and says the complexes it has set up in the region provide professional training to help stem Islamist extremism and separatism.
In response to a question about the BBC report, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that he was “devoid of any facts” and that the people interviewed by the BBC had “proven several times” that they “spread false information.” .
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