U.N. official calls China's crackdown on Uighurs 'disturbing'

March 11, 2015 5:43 PM

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GENEVA (Reuters) - A U.N. human rights investigator on Wednesday criticized China's crackdown on the Muslim Uighurs in the far western region of Xinjiang, citing "disturbing stories" of harassment and intimidation against the ethnic minority.

Xinjiang has been roiled by ethnic tensions between the Uighurs and majority Han Chinese. Uighur groups and human rights activists say the government's repressive policies in Xinjiang, including controls on Islam, have provoked unrest.

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