Status: 01.09.2022 01:22 am
Ten minutes before the end of her term, UN Human Rights Commissioner Bachelet issued an explosive statement: There are signs of crimes against humanity in the Chinese region of Xinjiang.
The UN Human Rights Office finds evidence of crimes against humanity in China’s Xinjiang region. This is according to a statement issued by UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet shortly before midnight – ten minutes before the end of her term.
“The extent of arbitrary and discriminatory detention of members of Uighurs and other majority Muslim groups (…) may constitute international crimes, particularly crimes against humanity,” it said. People were denied basic rights from 2017 to 2019 and beyond.
According to human rights organizations and refugee Uighurs, hundreds of thousands of Uighurs and other minorities have been sent to re-education camps. Many were reportedly sent to other provinces for forced labour. China denies these allegations and calls them lies.
A report should be published earlier
This report should have been published last year. But Bachelet hesitated because he had been negotiating with China for months about traveling to the country. This trip came in June. Among other things, the UN human rights office wants her to decide where she goes and who she can talk to without official oversight.
Your office said China responded to the requests. He also traveled to Xinjiang, but at the end of the visit he refrained from criticizing Beijing’s actions in the region. This brought criticism to Bachelet, including from the federal government. There is no explanation for the allegation of serious human rights violations, it said in Berlin.
Strong pressure on Bachelet
As he revealed last week, Bachelet was under a lot of pressure. He has also received letters from 40 governments urging them not to publish, with many government officials impatiently awaiting publication. He did not name individual countries.
Bachelet has been in office since 2018. He did not run for a second term. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has yet to name a successor.
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