Human rights in Xinjiang: Beijing slams UN 'political' report

Human rights in Xinjiang: Beijing slams UN “political”report

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin.

China on Thursday strongly denounced the report released by the UN on violations of the rights of Muslim Uighurs in China's Xinjiang region, calling it a “tool policy” written by “goons” of Westerners.

The nearly 50-page long text is completely illegal and invalid, Wang lashed out at a regular press conference. Wenbin, a spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This report is a collection of disinformation and a political tool in the service of the strategy of the United States and the West, which aims to use Xinjiang to hinder [the development] of the China, he pointed out.

Despite pressure from Beijing, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) published on Wednesday evening a long-awaited report on the situation in Xinjiang.

The document, which collects a mixture of interviews carried out by its services and information of first and second hand, raises the possibility of crimes against humanity in the area.

Xinjiang and the rest of China have long been plagued by bloody attacks targeting civilians. They were committed, according to the authorities, by separatists and Islamists from the Uighurs, the main ethnic group in the region.

Human rights advocates believe up to 1.8 million Uighurs are being held in re-education camps in China like this.

In response, the authorities have for some years launched a relentless campaign in the name of anti-terrorism, with ubiquitous military police, identity checks and an extensive network of surveillance cameras.

< p class="e-p">Western studies accuse Beijing of having interned more than a million Uighurs and members of other Muslim ethnic groups in re-education camps, or even of imposing forced labor or forced sterilizations.

China denounces biased reports and speaks of vocational training centers intended to develop employment and eradicate extremism. She denies any forced sterilization, saying only to apply the national birth control policy.

The UN report does not corroborate the figure of one million people , but notes that a significant proportion of Uighurs and members of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang were interned.

It describes a pattern of large-scale arbitrary detention in the region from at least 2017 to 2019 in high-security facilities.

“The extent of arbitrary and discriminatory detention of members of the Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim groups […] may constitute international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity”< /p>— From the UN report

Unsurprisingly, Beijing condemned the terms used.

The OHCHR created this report from scratch, relying on the political conspiracy of some anti-China forces overseas. This is a serious violation of OHCHR's responsibilities, principles of universality, non-selectivity, objectivity and non-politicization, Wang Wenbin blasted.


This proves once again that the OHCHR has become the minion and accomplice of the United States and the West to punish […] developing countries.

Without confirming them, the UN report also considers credible the accusations of torture, sexual violence and even rape in internment establishments in Xinjiang.

It is not possible to draw broader conclusions about whether there have been broader patterns of sexual and gender-based violence, the UN notes, however.

However, the report does not mention the word genocide. This term is used by the United States, but also the French National Assembly or the representations of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands or Canada.

La Chilienne Michelle Bachelet, whose last day at the head of the High Commissioner's Office was Wednesday after a four-year term, is thus keeping her promise in extremis by having published the document shortly before midnight in Geneva.

If it does not include revelations, this report brings the seal of the UN to the accusations leveled for a long time against the Chinese authorities. Its publication had been the subject of intense pressure.

Human rights organizations and the United States, which have designated China as their strategic rival, wanted to make it public.

Reactions within Uighur organizations based abroad are mixed. Some welcome the report, but others wish it had gone further in its condemnation of Beijing.

It is a game-changer for the Uighur cause internationally , said Omer Kanat, executive director of the Uyghur Human Rights Project. The UN has just officially recognized that horrific crimes are being committed.

But Salih Hudayar, a Uyghur based in the United States, where he campaigns for the independence of the Xinjiang, said the report is unfortunately not as strong as we had hoped.

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