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    In News 

    • The United Nations (UN) accused China of serious human rights violations that may amount to “crimes against humanity” in a long-delayed report examining a crackdown on Uyghurs.

    About Uyghurs 

    • They are a predominantly Muslim, Turkic ethnicity who live in China’s North-Western Xinjiang Province.
    • They speak their own language, which is similar to Turkish, and see themselves as culturally and ethnically close to Central Asian nations
    • They are mainly a sedentary village-dwelling people who live in the network of oases formed in the valleys and lower slopes of the Tien Shan, Pamirs, and related mountain systems. 

    About Xinjiang 

    • It lies in the north-west of China and is the country’s largest region. 
    • It is technically an autonomous region within China.
      • The region, rich in minerals, and shares borders with eight countries, including India, Pakistan, Russia and Afghanistan.

    Source: IE