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China, Uyghurs battle for help at UN over Xinjiang rights report — Radio Free Asia

China has vowed to “struggle” any United Nations motion on human rights abuses towards Uyghurs in Xinjiang cited in a damning report by the U.N. human rights chief, whereas Uyghurs are urgent the world physique to maneuver ahead with investigations and different concrete follow-up measures.

The report issued on Aug. 30 by U.N. Excessive Commissioner of Human Rights Michelle Bachelet concluded that China’s arbitrary detention and repression of Uyghurs and different Turkic minorities in Xinjiang “might represent worldwide crimes, particularly crimes towards humanity.”

Uyghurs and their supporters need the U.S. and different Western international locations to observe up with a U.N. Human Rights Council decision condemning the alleged violations, an investigation, and a particular envoy on Xinjiang.

China, which rejected the Bachelet report as “primarily based on the disinformation and lies fabricated by anti-China forces,” despatched a big delegation to the rights council in Geneva this week to sentence the report and current its rebuttal.

“The evaluation is predicated on a presumption of guilt, consists of largely disinformation and lies,” Xu Guixiang, head of the Xinjiang authorities’s info workplace, instructed reporters in Geneva Thursday.

“If some forces within the worldwide group – and even anti-China forces – make so-called ‘Xinjiang-related motions’ or so-called ‘resolutions’, we gained’t be afraid,” Xu mentioned. “We are going to take countermeasures resolutely and struggle.”

Bachelet’s report places a U.N. imprimatur on many findings in investigative reviews issued by rights teams, researchers, international media and assume tanks within the 5 years since Chinese language authorities started detaining as much as 1.8 million Uyghurs and different Turkic minorities in internment camps in Xinjiang,

The predominantly Muslim teams have additionally been subjected to torture, pressured sterilizations and compelled labor, in addition to the eradication of their linguistic, cultural and spiritual traditions, in what america and a number of other Western parliaments have referred to as genocide and crimes towards humanity.

Beijing has angrily rejected all fees, insisting it’s operating vocational coaching amenities within the area to counter extremism. The Chinese language delegation in Geneva this week included giant numbers of officers who challenged the reviews and a gaggle of Uyghurs who claimed to help Chinese language insurance policies.

“The Chinese language mission held a facet occasion on the U.N. yesterday that includes 5 Uyghurs to advertise its propaganda that Uyghurs are free and glad in China,” mentioned Zumretay Arkin, program and advocacy supervisor on the World Uyghur Congress

“Some diplomats from Cuba, Venezuela and Zimbabwe got here to help China whereas some Western diplomats got here to listen to what China needed to say,” mentioned Arkin, who’s campaigning for the U.S.-led democracies to introduce a decision condemning China’s genocide towards Uyghurs.

Addlet Sabit comforts her daughter as she displays pictures of her father, Ablimit Ablaze whom she has never met, during a hunger strike in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., Sept. 21, 2022. Credit: Gemunu Amarasinghe/RFA
Addlet Sabit comforts her daughter as she shows footage of her father, Ablimit Ablaze whom she has by no means met, throughout a starvation strike in entrance of the White Home in Washington, D.C., Sept. 21, 2022. Credit score: Gemunu Amarasinghe/RFA

‘Put our phrases into motion’

Group of seven Overseas Ministers met on the sidelines of the U.N. Basic Meeting and welcomed the report, pledging to “tackle these points with companions, civil society and the worldwide group.”

The G7 ministers “remained deeply involved by the intense human rights violations in Xinjiang and took word of the general evaluation of the report that a few of these violations might represent ‘worldwide crimes’ particularly crimes towards humanity,’” mentioned an announcement by German Overseas Minister Annalena Baerbock, chair of the assembly.

The G7 assertion Thursday got here after U.S. President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Sholtz raised rights violations in Xinjiang of their speeches to the U.N. Basic Meeting.

In Washington this week, the Uyghur American Affiliation has been staging a starvation strike in entrance of the White Home by leaders of the advocacy group and by three internment camp survivors to demand U.S.-led steps to translate the U.N. report into concrete motion.

Chris Smith, co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Uyghur Caucus, who visited the starvation strikers exterior the White Home on Wednesday, launched a invoice calling on the Biden Administration to direct the U.S. mission group in Geneva to sponsor a decision that will set up a UN fee to analyze the problems raised within the Bachelet report.

“The UN’s current report demonstrates that Communist China is responsible of significant human rights violations that at a minimal represent crimes towards humanity within the eyes of the world group,” mentioned Smith,

“We should converse out forcefully on these atrocities and put our phrases into motion on the United Nations,” she added.

Kellie Currie, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Giant for World Ladies’s Points, referred to as on Biden to “not solely introduce a decision within the Human Rights Council, however you personally must ensure that it passes by doing every little thing you’ll be able to, reaching out to different international locations, utilizing political capital and affect that you’ve got with different international locations which are on the Human Rights Council to ensure that it passes.”

Reporting and translation by Alim Seytoff. Written by Paul Eckert.



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