The US, UK and other Western countries are pushing the United Nations to debate China’s ongoing human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang, according to a filing on Monday.
The call for debate comes more than a month after the United Nations published a report saying China is committing “serious violations of human rights” in Xinjiang. If agreed, the UN Human Rights Council would debate the issue at its upcoming session in February, Reuters reported.
Chinese abuses against Uyghurs in Xinjiang have been widely documented in recent years. The Muslim minority group has been subjected to forced labour, sterilization and abortion as part of China’s so-called crackdown on “extremism” in the region.
The US has accused the Chinese Communist Party of committing genocide against Uyghurs. Internal CCP documents leaked in May revealed the grim reality, and one high-level CCP official issued a shoot-to-kill order for anyone who tried to escape in 2017.
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“If we all fulfill our duty, Xinjiang will be stabilized,” former Xinjiang secretary Chen Quanguo said in a 2017 speech, according to a translated copy provided by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC). “If they run, just kill them. There will be no problem, because we are already authorized long ago.”
The release of the documents came just as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, made her fact-finding trip to Xinjiang.
Bachelet was heavily criticized at the time for agreeing to China’s strict limits on her visit, forcing her to remain within a closed loop of pre-approved individuals throughout the trip.
Bachelet resigned soon after returning from the trip and publishing the UN’s August report.
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China’s UN ambassador, Zhang Jun, criticized the report hours before its release, reiterating that Beijing “remained firmly opposed” to the report.
“We haven’t seen this report yet, but we are completely against such a report, we don’t think it will do anyone any good,” Zhang told reporters outside the Security Council. “We have made it clear to the high commissioner and on several other occasions that we are firmly opposed to such a report.”
China has long denied any wrongdoing in Xinjiang, insisting it is an internal Chinese matter.
Bradford Betz of Fox News contributed to this report.