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“Amongst others, the immigration service checks whether people have to fear their human rights will be violated when they go back to their home country,” Justice Ministry spokeswoman Karen Temmink said.

China says its citizens’ legal rights are fully protected. “The Chinese government resolutely opposes any country accepting illegal immigrants, for any reason,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a written response to a request for comment.

However, Amnesty International says it has documented cases of returned Uighur asylum seekers in which some have been detained, reportedly tortured and in some cases sentenced to death and executed.