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U.N. Says China May Have Committed ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ in Xinjiang

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GENEVA — In a long-awaited report released on Wednesday, the United Nations’ human rights office accused China of actions that “may constitute international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity,” in its mass detention of Uyghurs and other predominately Muslim groups in its far western region of Xinjiang.

The 46-page assessment was released shortly before midnight and minutes before Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, was set to leave office in Geneva before midnight local time.

The release ended a nearly yearlong delay that had exposed Ms. Bachelet and her office to fierce pushback by rights groups, activists and others who accused her of kowtowing to Beijing, which had sought to block the report.

Nick Cumming-Bruce reported from Geneva, and Austin Ramzy from Hong Kong.

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