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

In a joint assertion, 47 international locations 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 state of affairs there.

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

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

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

The joint assertion additionally voiced concern about “stories 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 mother and father by authorities”.

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

The group additionally referred to as on Beijing to offer UN investigators and specialists “significant and unfettered entry” to independently observe the state of affairs on the bottom in Xinjiang.

UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet was granted entry 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 in opposition to 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 international locations 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 international locations behind the assertion for his or her “hypocrisy” and “makes an attempt to interact in political manipulation”.

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

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

Bachelet, who introduced on Monday that she won’t be searching for 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 offer “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 in opposition to Xinjiang and China”.

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