Dozens of countries question China at UN over Xinjiang ‘abuses’ | Uighur News


In a joint assertion, 47 nations have voiced concern at reported abuses in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Area.

Dozens of nations have voiced concern about alleged abuses in China’s Xinjiang area, and demanded that the United Nations rights chief publish a long-delayed report on the rights scenario there.

“We proceed to be gravely involved concerning the human rights scenario in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Area,” Paul Bekkers, the Dutch ambassador to the UN in Geneva, advised the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday.

Delivering a joint assertion on behalf of 47 nations, Bekkers pointed to plenty of “credible experiences” – vehemently rejected by China – indicating that a couple of million Uighurs and different Muslim minorities have been arbitrarily detained within the area.

“There are experiences of ongoing widespread surveillance, discrimination towards Uighurs and different individuals belonging to minorities,” he mentioned.

The joint assertion additionally voiced concern about “experiences of torture and different merciless, inhuman or degrading therapy or punishment, pressured sterilisation, sexual and gender-based violence, pressured labour, and compelled separation of youngsters from their dad and mom by authorities”.

The involved nations, Bekkers mentioned, “repeat our name on China to urgently deal with these issues”, and to “finish the arbitrary detention of Muslim Uighurs and individuals belonging to different minorities”.

The group additionally known as on Beijing to supply UN investigators and specialists “significant and unfettered access” to independently observe the scenario on the bottom in Xinjiang.

UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet was granted access to go to final month – marking the primary go to by a UN rights chief to China in 17 years.

However she confronted harsh criticism for not talking up extra forcefully towards China’s alleged abuses previous to and throughout the journey, which is believed to have been closely managed by Chinese language authorities.

In Tuesday’s joint assertion, the nations requested for “extra detailed observations, together with on the restrictions the Chinese language authorities imposed on the go to” by Bachelet.

‘Political manipulation’

China’s Ambassador Chen Xu reacted angrily to the joint assertion, slamming the Netherlands and the opposite signatories for spreading “lies and rumours to assault China”.

“We categorically reject these allegations,” he mentioned, slamming the nations behind the assertion for his or her “hypocrisy” and “makes an attempt to have interaction in political manipulation”.

He hailed Bachelet’s go to, insisting it had “enhanced her understanding of China’s path of human rights improvement”.

The UN rights chief has confronted rising strain to launch a long-delayed report on the rights scenario in Xinjiang, which diplomats say has been prepared for months however not printed.

Bachelet, who introduced on Monday that she won’t be in search of a second time period, vowed that the report could be printed earlier than she steps down on August 31.

Tuesday’s joint assertion urged the report’s “immediate launch”, and requested Bachelet to supply “additional info on the timeline”.

Chen, in the meantime, decried the “hyped-up so-called report on Xinjiang”, mentioning that it had not been ordered by the UN’s rights council, alleging it violated Bachelet’s mandate and “shouldn’t be printed in any respect”.

Whereas an extended line of nations that took the ground individually on Tuesday echoed the feelings within the joint assertion, a quantity additionally got here to China’s defence, with Belarus, Cuba and North Korea additionally insisting the report shouldn’t be printed.

Venezuela’s Ambassador Hector Fixed Rosales mentioned the identical, slamming “a sustained marketing campaign of faux information towards Xinjiang and China”.



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