Skip to main content
Tags: china | uyghurs | un | islam | human rights | xinjiang

Report: China Asked UN Human Rights Chief to Halt Release of Xinjiang Findings

Report: China Asked UN Human Rights Chief to Halt Release of Xinjiang Findings
Supporters of the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement rally in front of the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 20 July 2022 05:34 PM EDT

China has reportedly asked the United Nations human rights chief to conceal an upcoming report on human rights violations in Xinjiang, while expressing "grave" concerns about the consequences of such a release, according to Reuters.

Three diplomats from three separate nations have reportedly confirmed the authenticity of the Chinese letter featured in Reuters' story.

That letter, which was sent to United Nations High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, included this excerpt:

"The assessment [on Xinjiang], if published, will intensify politicisation and bloc confrontation in the area of human rights, undermine the credibility of the OHCHR [Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights], and harm the cooperation between OHCHR and member states."

The letter also had one final plea to Bachelet's office: "We strongly urge Madame High Commissioner not to publish such an assessment."

According to Newsweek, some members of the Chinese government have already viewed contents of the U.N. report. As such, the letter to Bachelet wasn't merely speculating on what the report might contain.

In May, Bachelet reportedly faced "severe criticism" for being lenient with China during a spring visit; and that public backlash might have contributed to the U.N. chief retiring from her post, or declining a second term, effective next month.

In the meantime, Bachelet has pledged to release the human rights report while still holding an esteemed position with the U.N.

As Newsmax wrote on July 2, chronicling host Greta Van Susteren's exclusive TV interview with Rushan Abbas, a human rights activist, China has been accused of committing crimes against humanity — including possible genocide — involving the Uyghur population and other mostly-Muslim ethnic groups in the region of Xinjiang.

Also, human rights groups believe China has detained millions of Uyghurs against their will over the past few years, harboring them in a network of "reeducation camps," and sentencing the Uyghurs to prison terms.

"[The Uyghur prisoners] are subject to inhumane treatment," Abbas said to Newsmax in early July, noting the prisoners are often deprived of food, water, and sleep. They also suffer from poor hygiene, the result of 40 to 50 people being herded in one room together, added Abbas. 

"[The prisoners] are not given the opportunity to drink enough water," said Abbas, while saying the lack of sufficient food, water, sleep, and proper restroom facilities is a true test "of how long the internal organs can last."

Abbas also said the Chinese government — which doesn't support religion, characterizing it as a "mental disease," she says — has demolished mosques and anything else associated with organized religion.

"Basically waging a war on Islam," said Abbas.

According to Reuters, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson recently said that Bachelet would have witnessed a "real Xinjiang with a safe and stable society" during her visit to the country, while adding that human rights groups have been continually working to "smear China's image."

For an oral report to the Human Rights Council in June, Bachelet reportedly said, "We had discussions on specific human rights concerns, including human rights violations in the context of China's policies for countering terrorism and safeguarding national security," but ultimately were "unable to assess the full scale" of China's reeducation policies in the region.

© 2024 Newsmax. All rights reserved.


Newsfront
China has reportedly asked the United Nations human rights chief to conceal an upcoming report on human rights violations in Xinjiang, while expressing "grave" concerns about the consequences of such a release, according to Reuters.
china, uyghurs, un, islam, human rights, xinjiang
529
2022-34-20
Wednesday, 20 July 2022 05:34 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
TOP

Interest-Based Advertising | Do not sell or share my personal information

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
Get the NewsmaxTV App for iOS Get the NewsmaxTV App for Android Scan QR code to get the NewsmaxTV App
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved