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    Transparency for human rights observers and foreign governments is a major issue when it comes to the plight of the Uyghur people in north western China.

    Requests for an independent investigation into the alleged persecution of the ethnic minority have been repeatedly rebuffed by the Chinese government.

    Surya Deva is the Deputy Chair of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, and an Associate Law Professor at the City University of Hong Kong.

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