Human rights activists are unhappy about a visit to China by the head of the United Nations.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has been accused of ignoring what activists say is the persecution of the Uighur Muslim minority.

Guterres is currently in Beijing for a summit marking China’s Belt and Road initiative, an ambitious global network of infrastructure and trading projects all linked to China, something that in itself is controversial.

He made a public speech in China, with no mention of the Uighur community in Xinjiang.

This was a glaring omission, according to human rights groups who claim that as many as one million Uighurs could be held in detention.