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The top United Nations human rights official Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday that her office is seeking access to China’s Xinjiang region to verify “worrying reports” of re-education camps holding Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities.

China rejects criticism of its actions in Xinjiang, saying that it protects the religion and culture of minorities, and that its security measures are needed to combat the influence of “extremist” groups that incite violence there.

“We have been asking for direct access to the region to be able to check and verify the worrying reports we are receiving,” Bachelet told a news conference in Geneva.

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Tens of thousands of Chinese Uyghur Muslim families are being torn apart in a crackdown that's seen as many as one million people detained, according to the UN. Emily Wither speaks to one mother, now in Istanbul, who has lost her children to the state. Reuters
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