UN chief urges China to follow Xinjiang report recommendations

UN chief urges China to follow Xinjiang report recommendations


Geneva [Switzerland], September 2 (ANI): United Nations Chief Antonio Guterres urged China to follow the recommendations of a UN report that found credible allegations of torture and forced labour in Xinjiang province.

Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for Secretary-General said that the UN Chief was “concerned” by what he had read in the report that was released yesterday and said that China will “take on board the recommendations” made in a report, Al Jazeera reported.

The report by UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet “confirms what the secretary-general has been saying on Xinjiang for quite some time, that human rights must be respected and that the Uighur community need to be respected,” Guterres’s spokesman said as quoted by Al Jazeera.

This comes after the United Nations report published on August 31.

A groundbreaking UN report says the Chinese government has committed abuses that may amount to crimes against humanity targeting Uyghurs and other Turkic communities in the Xinjiang region.

A group of 60 Uyghur organizations from 20 countries is calling for an immediate response to put an end to atrocities against Uyghurs, following the release of a report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Thursday (local time) said that the United States will continue to work closely with partners, civil society, and the international community to seek justice and accountability for Uyghurs’ abuses in Xinjiang region.

The United States welcomed that report, which according to the State Department’s statement, described authoritatively the appalling treatment and abuses of Uyghurs and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups by the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

It further noted that the report deepens and reaffirms the grave concern of US regarding the “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity” that China government authorities are perpetrating against Uyghurs.

The report by the outgoing UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet contains victim accounts that substantiate mass arbitrary detention, torture, and other serious human rights violations and recommends world to take action to end the abuses.

Munich-based World Uyghur Congress, in a statement, said Uyghurs are calling for seven concrete actions by governments, multilateral bodies, and corporations.

“This UN report is extremely important. It paves the way for meaningful and tangible action by member states, UN bodies, and the business community,” said World Uyghur Congress President Dolkun Isa. “Accountability starts now.””This is a game-changer for the international response to the Uyghur crisis,” said Uyghur Human Rights Project Executive Director Omer Kanat. “Despite the Chinese government’s strenuous denials, the UN has now officially recognized that horrific crimes are occurring.”The report offers the most definitive assessment of the issues faced by Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples from the world’s leading human rights body. Most notably, it finds that “arbitrary and discriminatory detention” of Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples, within the context of other restrictions, “may constitute international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity.” (ANI)



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