Xinjiang: what does the UN report, “welcomed” by the European Union, contain?
This long-awaited text, published Tuesday evening by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), “highlights the serious human rights violations occurring in Xinjiang, which according to the report could , constitute international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity”, indicated the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell.
The European Union on Thursday “welcomed” the UN report on alleged human rights violations in the Chinese region of Xinjiang, joining the call of UN experts to “closely monitor” the situation. It reports “credible evidence” of torture and sexual violence against the Uyghur Muslim minority and calls on the international community to act. “As the report indicates, the human rights situation “in Xinjiang” requires urgent attention from the Chinese government, the United Nations (…) as well as the wider international community.
A call to action
The EU joins the call made by United Nations experts to closely monitor and assess the human rights situation in China”, concluded Josep Borrell. For its part, Germany called on Beijing on Thursday ” to immediately grant all people of Xinjiang the full exercise of their human rights.”
China, on the other hand, strongly denounced the UN report on Thursday, denouncing “a collection of disinformation” and “a political tool” written by “henchmen” of Westerners.
Josep Borrell also paid tribute, on Thursday on Twitter, to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, whose mandate ended on Wednesday, hailing her “leadership” and her “tireless efforts to defend the rights of all (…) at a time when human rights are increasingly contested”.
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