Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says China has committed crimes against humanity in their treatment of the predominantly Muslim Uighurs and other members of ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
Washington says it will ban all cotton and tomato products from western Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region over allegations they are made with forced labour from jailed Uighur Muslims.
Huawei patent from 2018 describes the technology used to identify race features in pedestrians photographed or filmed in the street that may indicate they are of Uighur origin.
FM Dominic Raab says UK will introduce new rules for firms to try to prevent goods linked to alleged forced labour of Muslim Uighurs in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. Meanwhile, Beijing warns London not to interfere in its affairs.
Rights groups say more than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim people in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang have been incarcerated in camps in a bid to root out Islamic customs and forcibly integrate minorities.
Researchers and activists slam an official tweet that points out how Chinese policies led to a decline in the minority population.
International Criminal Court says it is unable to act because alleged acts happened in China, which is not a signatory to the global court. Meanwhile, a US-based think-tank says over 570,000 Uighurs are involved in coerced labour in the area.
Citing a leaked list of more than 2,000 detainees, HRW says authorities in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region use expansive data collection project to flag and detain Uighurs in the region.
The 193-member UN General Assembly also elects Ivory Coast, Gabon, Malawi, Cuba, Bolivia, Uzbekistan, France and Britain to the 47-member council. Senegal, Nepal, Pakistan, Ukraine and Mexico were re-elected for a second three-year term.
The author of bestselling "The Three-Body Problem" sci-fi book, Liu Cixin defended the Chinese government's clampdown on ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims in the Xinjiang region in an article last year.
Based on satellite imagery, Australian Strategic Policy Institute reports that around 16,000 mosques have been destroyed or damaged in recent years.
Visas for certain Chinese citizens blocked "to prevent them from stealing and otherwise appropriating sensitive research," a top US security official says.
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