UN report on China’s Xinjiang region hints at possible crimes against humanity

The UN report on China’s Xinjiang region, published on Wednesday, pointed to possible “crimes against humanity” and cited “credible evidence” of torture and sexual violence against the Uighur minority, calling for the intervention of the international community.

“The extent of arbitrary and discriminatory detention of members of the Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim groups … may constitute international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity,” the report said, with less than fifty pages in its conclusions.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, managed to keep her promise to publish the report on the Chinese region of Xinjinag before leaving her post today, after four years at the head of the UN body.

The document, which does not appear to contain major revelations regarding what was already known about the situation in Xinjiang, bears the UN seal on accusations made long ago against Chinese authorities.

The publication of the report came under intense pressure, particularly from the United States and the main human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and, conversely, Beijing did not want it to be published, namely as it considered the report a “hoax” orchestrated by the West. , with Washington in the lead.

In that document, the UN called on the international community to act urgently on allegations of torture and sexual violence in China’s Xinjiang region that the organization considers “credible”.

A quick search of the UN text does not bring up the word genocide. On the other hand, this was the accusation made against Beijing by the US Government.

In January, the French National Assembly, following in the footsteps of representing the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and even Canada, also described China’s treatment of the Uighurs as “genocide”.

Xinjiang and other provinces in China have been hit for several decades, in particular from 2009 to 2014, by attacks attributed by the Chinese government to Islamists or Uighur separatists.

Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.

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