Merkel accuses China of ‘cruel treatment’ of minorities

Merkel accuses China of ‘cruel treatment’ of minorities
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a session of the German lower house of parliament Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany. (File/Reuters)
Updated 30 September 2020

Merkel accuses China of ‘cruel treatment’ of minorities

Merkel accuses China of ‘cruel treatment’ of minorities

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday accused China of “poor and cruel treatment” of minorities and underlined deep concerns over the crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong.
In a speech at the Bundestag a day before an EU summit, Merkel vowed to bring up rights issues and Germany’s worries over the situation in the former British colony in any future dialogue with Beijing.
“Of course we have to bring up our different opinions in talks,” said Merkel, whose country currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union.
“That’s why we have flagged up our deep concern about the development in Hong Kong. The principle of one country, two systems stands but again and again it’s being undermined.
“We will bring that up, as well as the poor and cruel treatment in part of the rights of the minorities in China.”
She did not name the minorities bearing the brunt of poor treatment but activists have accused China over the mass internment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.
More than one million ethnic Uighurs and other minorities have been herded into internment camps to undergo political indoctrination, according to rights groups and experts.
China insists the camps are training centers aimed at providing education to reduce the allure of Islamic radicalism.
Beijing is also under fire over a security law it imposed on Hong Kong in June that radically increased its control over the financial hub and led to a brutal crackdown on dissent.


Gunmen shoot dead two Afghan women judges in Kabul

Gunmen shoot dead two Afghan women judges in Kabul
Updated 17 January 2021

Gunmen shoot dead two Afghan women judges in Kabul

Gunmen shoot dead two Afghan women judges in Kabul
KABUL: Gunmen shot dead two Afghan women judges working for the Supreme Court during an early morning ambush in the country’s capital Sunday, officials said, as a wave of assassinations continues to rattle the nation.
The attack on the judges happened as they were traveling to their office in a court vehicle, Ahmad Fahim Qaweem, a spokesman for the court told AFP.
“Unfortunately, we have lost two women judges in today’s attack. Their driver is wounded,” Qaweem said.
“The vehicle was transporting the women judges to their office.”
There are more than 200 female judges working for the country’s top court, the spokesman added.
Kabul police confirmed the attack.
“They were judges working for the Supreme Court,” said Jamshid Rasuli, spokesman for the attorney general’s office.
Violence has surged across Afghanistan in recent months, especially in Kabul where a new trend of targeted killings of high-profile figures have sown fear and chaos in the restive city.
The latest attack comes just two days after the Pentagon announced it had cut troop levels in Afghanistan to 2,500, their lowest numbers during the nearly two decades of war.