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 in regards to the human rights scenario in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Area,” Paul Bekkers, the Dutch ambassador to the UN in Geneva, informed the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday.
Delivering a joint assertion on behalf of 47 nations, Bekkers pointed to various “credible experiences” – vehemently rejected by China – indicating that multiple million Uighurs and different Muslim minorities have been arbitrarily detained within the area.
“There are experiences of ongoing widespread surveillance, discrimination in opposition to Uighurs and different individuals belonging to minorities,” he mentioned.
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The joint assertion additionally voiced concern about “experiences of torture and different merciless, inhuman or degrading remedy 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 nations, Bekkers mentioned, “repeat our name on China to urgently tackle 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 entry” to independently observe the scenario 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 through 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.
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 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 scenario in Xinjiang, which diplomats say has been prepared for months however not revealed.
Bachelet, who introduced on Monday that she won’t be in search of a second time period, vowed that the report could be revealed earlier than she steps down on August 31.
Tuesday’s joint assertion urged the report’s “immediate launch”, and requested Bachelet to supply “additional data on the timeline”.
Chen, in the meantime, decried the “hyped-up so-called report on Xinjiang”, declaring that it had not been ordered by the UN’s rights council, alleging it violated Bachelet’s mandate and “shouldn’t be revealed in any respect”.
Whereas a protracted line of nations that took the ground individually on Tuesday echoed the emotions 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 revealed.
Venezuela’s Ambassador Hector Fixed Rosales mentioned the identical, slamming “a sustained marketing campaign of faux information in opposition to Xinjiang and China”.