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China says it welcomes U.N. to visit Xinjiang via proper procedures

BEIJING ( ) – China said on Monday it would welcome U.N. officials to its far western region of Xinjiang if they follow the proper procedures, amid ,专门哟啪的微信群Gabrielle,global concern over Beijing’s de-radicalization program there.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kangm asked at a regular briefing about reports that China had invited UN experts to Xinjiang, said that all parties, including the U.N., were welcome, as long as they respected appropriate travel procedures.

U.N. officials should also “avoid interfering in domestic matters” and adopt an objective and neutral attitude, he added.

The top U.N. human rights official, Michelle Bachelet, in December said her office was seeking access to Xinjiang to verify “worrying reports” of re-education camps holding Muslim minorities, including the Turkic speaking Uighurs.

In上海品茶QQ August, a U.N. human rights panel sa,上海外卖品茶群Octavia,id it had received credible reports that a million or more Uighurs and other minorities in Xinjiang were being held in what resembled a “massive internment camp”.

In a rare move, a group of 15 Western ambassadors in Beijing, spearheaded by Canada, have sought a meeting with the top official in the region, Communist Party boss Chen Quanguo, for an explanation of alleged rights abuses against Uighurs.

Beijing has launched an increasingly active publicity campaign to defend its actions in Xinjiang in the face of an outcry from activists, scholars, foreign governments and U.N. rights experts.

In the last two weeks, the Chinese government has arranged for diplomats from 12 non-Western countries to visit the region, as well as organizing a trip for a small group of reporters, including , to three facilities, which it cal,上海品茶工作室Nadia,led vocational education training centers.

In the centers, Uighur students learned in Mandarin about the dangers of extremist thought and sang and danced for reporters, including a rendition in English of “If You’re Happy and You Know it, Clap Your Hands”.

Xinjiang officials told on the trip that the de-radicalization program had been highly successful but that fewer people would be sent through the system in future.

last year reported on harsh extrajudicial detentions and interrogations at the camps, which are at odds with Beijing’s claims, and took pictures of guard towers and barbed wire surrounding some. (tinyurl.com/y9zzouss)

Brazil president’s son misses meeting with prosecutors probing…

RIO DE JANEIRO ( ) – The son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday he would not immediately meet with prosecutors to explain suspicious payments handled by his former driver, an episode that has clouded his father’s first days in office.

Questions over the origin of the funds in the bank account of Fabricio Queiroz, who for years was a driver on former Rio state lawmaker and Senator-elect Flavio Bolsonaro’s payroll, have thr,上海品茶论坛Gabrielle,eatened to tarnish the reputation of the Bolsonaro family, whose members surged to power on a promise to end years of political corruption.

Flavio Bolsonaro, his father and Queiroz have all said they are innocent of any crime.

Rio de Janeiro state prosecutors had asked Flavio Bolsonaro to meet with them to explain the irregular cash flows on Thursday, after Queiroz failed to show to previous appointments, citing health reasons.

But Flavio Bolsonaro said he would n,上海品茶QQIdaia,ot meet with prosecutors as planned, saying he had only been notified of the appointment on Monday. He vowed to arrange a new time.

“As I am not being investigated, I have not yet had access to the records,” he wrote on Facebook. “I hereby undertake to schedule a day and time to present the duly substantiated explanations … so that there is no doubt about my conduct.”

The scandal arose after Brazil’s Council for Financial Activities Control (COAF) identified 1.2 million reais ($305,000) that in 2016-17 fl,上海外卖品茶群Kai,owed through the bank account of Queiroz. Some payments were made to the president’s wife, Michelle Bolsonaro.

Jair Bolsonaro, who took power on Jan.1, has said the payment to his wife was Queiroz repaying a personal loan. Flavio Bolsonaro has said that Queiroz gave him a “plausible” explanation, and that the accusations were intended to destabilize the Bolsonaro family.

In a TV interview late last month, Queiroz said the money in his account was from a side-business of buying and selling cars.

“I’m a businessman,” he said. “I make money.”

According to the COAF, some of the payments to Queiroz’ bank account were made by other employees on Flavio Bolsonaro’s payroll when he served as a state lawmaker, includ上海品茶工作室ing by Queiroz’s own daughter. Many of the deposits were made on or around the same day the employees were paid, the COAF found.

In his TV interview, Queiroz declined to explain why his colleagues were depositing money into his account, saying he would tell investigators.

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