China has called the planned United Nation’s virtual event on the repression of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang an insult to the institution.

The event due to hold on Wednesday is being organized by the United States, Britain and Germany, using the UN platform.

But China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying has urged U.N. member states not to attend, accusing the trio of using “human rights issues as a political tool to interfere in China’s internal affairs”.

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“The U.S. has banded up with several countries, abused the United Nations’ resources and platform, and smeared and attacked China to serve it’s own interests,” she said at a daily news conference in Beijing on Monday.

“This is total blasphemy against the United Nations,” she said.

For months now, the US and other western countries have gathered intelligence that authorities in Xinjiang are detaining and torturing Uyghurs in camps but Beijing has repeatedly rejected the claims, describing the camps as vocational training centres to combat religious extremism.

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UK parliament recently declared it a genocide. In January, Washington banned the import of cotton and tomato products from Xinjiang over allegations of forced labour.

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