High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet was under intense pressure from Beijing not to publish her report on Xinjiang.
A few hours before her departure, the UN high commissioner for human rights is due to release her long-awaited report on human rights violations in the region on Wednesday. region of China's Xinjiang, despite huge all-out pressure from Beijing.
The report will be released by the end of the day, Jeremy said Laurence, spokesperson for High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet.
The former Chilean president, for whom it is the last day at the head of the High Commission after a 4-year term, is thus keeping her promise to publish this highly anticipated document before her departure.
< p class="e-p">Better late than never. It will be a defining moment, Sophie Richardson, director of the NGO Human Rights Watch for China, told AFP, saying that it will show that no state is above. laws.
More than the content, it is the existence and the publication that are important in his eyes, because that will oblige the United Nations Human Rights Council to take up the case. Not prosecuting is not an option, she stressed.
In contrast, China has repeatedly repeated all the evil ;she thought of the document. At the UN in New York, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun reiterated on Wednesday that he strongly opposes the report.
The so-called Xinjiang problem is a totally fabricated and politically motivated lie that is holding back China's development, he said, accusing Bachelet of meddling in China's internal affairs.
Also in New York, the spokesman for the UN chief, Stéphane Dujarric, indicated that Antonio Guterres had not read the report, nor participated in its drafting.
He does not want to interfere in his work or influence him, whether it is Michelle Bachelet or anyone else who will occupy this position, said Mr. Dujarric, in the face of criticism from the press on this last-minute publication of a reference document.
The content of the report is a well-kept secret from which nothing has leaked for the moment and whose content and the terms chosen will be analyzed.
The US government accuses Beijing of genocide in Xinjiang. In January, the French National Assembly, following in the footsteps of the representation of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Canada, had also qualified China's treatment of the Uighurs as genocide.
< p class="e-p">Xinjiang and other provinces of China have been hit for several decades, and in particular from 2009 to 2014, by attacks attributed to Islamists or Uighur separatists.
For several years, the region has been the subject of intense surveillance: ubiquitous cameras, security gates in buildings, very visible armed forces in the streets, restrictions on the issuance of passports…
Western studies, based on interpretations of official documents, testimonies of alleged victims and statistical extrapolations, accuse Beijing of having interned in camps at least a million people, mostly Uighurs, to carry out sterilizations and forced abortions, or to impose forced labor.
China denies these accusations. She refutes any idea of forced sterilization, but concedes to apply in Xinjiang, as everywhere else in the country, her policy of limiting births, for a long time implemented with laxity in the region.
Beijing further presents the camps as vocational training centers meant to steer residents away from religious extremism, which are now said to be closed as all students have completed their training.
Last week at her farewell press conference, Ms. Bachelet admitted to facing intense pressure both from countries favorable to the publication of the report – including the United States – and from those who are opposed – primarily the Chinese authorities.
On Tuesday, at a Human Rights Council ceremony to mark the end of the mandate of the #x27;Chile's former president, British human rights ambassador Rita French and rights organizations were alarmed that the report had yet to come out.
It is critical to all of us that no state be exempt from scrutiny and t objective of her human rights record, and that no state be allowed to stifle the independent voice of the high commissioner, French said.