The United Nations has accused China of serious human rights violations

The allegations carry a lot of weight: According to a UN report, there are signs that China is committing crimes against humanity against the Uyghurs.

The UN Human Rights Office is looking at evidence of crimes against humanity in China’s Xinjiang region. It emerged from an explosive report released by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday evening – ten minutes before her term in office expired.

“The amount of arbitrary and discriminatory detention (…) of Uighurs and members of other predominantly Muslim groups may constitute international crimes, particularly crimes against humanity,” it said. People were deprived of basic rights from 2017 to 2019 and possibly beyond.

China denies the allegations

According to human rights organizations and refugee Uighurs, tens of thousands of Uighurs and members of other minorities have been sent to re-education camps. Many were reportedly sent to other provinces for forced labour. China denies the allegations and says it is a lie.

The report was supposed to be published last year. But Bachelet was hesitant because she had been negotiating with China for months about being able to travel to the country. This visit took place in June. Among other important issues, the UN Human Rights Office wanted to decide for itself where he could go and who he could talk to without being monitored by the authorities.


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