China Frees 1,200 in Tibet, Holds 700 over Xinjiang

AFP reports:

China said Monday that it has released more than 1,200 detainees held over unrest in Tibet last year while more than 700 people are still being held following last month’s riots in Xinjiang.

[…] Duan Jielong, who headed a 30-strong Chinese delegation at the UN hearing, confirmed Chinese media reports that police are still holding 718 people in connection with last month’s violence in the northwest region of Xinjiang.

Duan told the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination that there is “evidence of criminal acts” for all of these suspects, while others who “committed minor offences have been dealt with leniently and released.”

Another 83 people are facing charges of serious crimes, such as murder, arson and robbery.

See also “UN panel questions China on ethnic discrimination” from AP.

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