China allegedly have committed crimes against humanity
The United Nations’ outgoing human rights chief stated in a long-awaited report on Wednesday, August 31, that China’s “arbitrary and discriminatory detention” of Uyghurs and other Muslims in the country’s Xinjiang region may constitute crimes against humanity. The report was released on the same day.
On Wednesday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet delivered the report just minutes before the conclusion of her four-year term. She has been criticized by some diplomats and rights groups for being too lenient toward China. The report was revealed only minutes before her term ended. In the month of May, she traveled to China.
In the lengthy report, it was said that “severe human rights violations have been committed” in the region of Xinjiang “in the framework of the Government’s application of counter-terrorism and counter-‘extremism’ tactics.”
According to a report published by the United Nations, “the extent of arbitrary and discriminatory arrest of members of Uyghur and other largely Muslim groups…may constitute international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity.”
She suggested that the Chinese government immediately take action to free all of the people who were being held in training institutions, jails, or other detention facilities.
According to what was said in the report, there are credible signs that reproductive rights have been violated by the forced execution of family planning policies since 2017.
In addition, it was stated that because there was a paucity of statistics provided by the government, “it makes it difficult to draw judgments on the full degree of present enforcement of these policies and accompanying abuses of reproductive rights.”
The Uyghur people are an ethnic minority in China that is predominantly Muslim and lives in the western province of Xinjiang. Rights groups have accused the Chinese government of mistreating the Uyghur people, including the widespread use of forced labor in detention camps. The United States of America has leveled the charge of genocide against China.
The charges have been categorically rejected by China.
Zhang Jun, China’s ambassador to the United Nations in New York, stated that Beijing had frequently raised disagreement to the report before to its release. He made this statement before the report was made public. He stated that the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights should not interfere in the domestic affairs of China.
Zhang told reporters on Wednesday that the “so-called Xinjiang issue” is “a completely fabricated lie out of political motivations” and that its purpose is “definitely to undermine China’s stability and to obstruct China’s development. We all know, so well, that the so-called Xinjiang issue is a completely fabricated lie out of political motivations,” Zhang said.
According to what he had to say, “We do not think it will bring any good to anyone, and it merely undermines the partnership between the United Nations and a member state.”
A Chinese letter, the authenticity of which was confirmed by diplomats, was included in a Reuters article from a month ago, which stated that China had requested that Bachelet conceal the information.
Bachelet confirmed the previous week that her office had received the letter, which she stated had been signed by around forty additional states. She added that her office would not bow to such pressure.
Bachelet, who is 70 years old, intends to retire and return to Chile. There have been a large number of people interested in the position, but Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has not yet nominated a successor. This is because Antonio Guterres’ nominee must first be ratified by the General Assembly in New York.
Kenneth Roth, a researcher at Human Rights Watch, was quoted by Reuters as saying, “Frankly, to issue the report as she’s heading out the door undermines the report. By issuing and running she is giving up, she is not doing anything with it, and (she is) simply kind of putting it into the bin and leaving the office,”