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Thursday, December 01, 2022

US expresses concern over Xinjiang report on genocide

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – The United States has called the contents of a UN explosive report on human rights violations against minorities in China dangerous. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “The United States welcomes this important report, which officially describes the appalling treatment and abuse of Uighurs and members of other ethnic and religious minorities by the government of the People’s Republic of China. Is.”

The report reiterated “our serious concerns” about ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity by government officials in China against Uighurs, who are predominantly Muslim, and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang.

Earlier, the United Nations Human Rights Office in Geneva gave detailed indications of crimes against humanity in a long-awaited report on the situation in China’s Xinjiang region. UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet published the report just before midnight – just ten minutes before the end of her term on Wednesday evening. Human rights organizations see this as confirmation that China is violating human rights when dealing with minorities in the country’s northwestern region. The government in Beijing reacted to the publication with outrage.

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“Serious violation of human rights”

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres still hopes the Chinese government will accept Bachelet’s recommendations, according to a spokesman. “The Secretary-General has read out the assessment, which clearly identifies serious human rights violations in the Xinjiang region of China,” a spokesman said on Thursday. The report also reaffirms what Guterres has long said, “Human rights must be respected and the Uyghur community must be respected.” Uighurs should be given a sense of belonging to the country without any discrimination.

There have long been tensions between the ruling Han Chinese and ethnic minorities in Xinjiang. Security forces have been cracking down since the bloody riots and terrorist attacks in 2009. Uighurs have complained of cultural and religious persecution, while Beijing has accused Uighur groups of extremism and separatism.

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