New UN ASSESSMENT – “Crimes Against Humanity” Reported!
(ConservativeHub.com) – The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) finally released a long-awaited report concerning the treatment of the Uyghur people in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Objections from Beijing about the validity of the information delayed the publication. Yet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, released it as her term was about to expire on August 31.
The OHCHR Assessment
The report began by explaining the need to examine the PRC’s treatment of Muslim minorities within its borders. It outlines various claims and accusations that officials in the nation have been mistreating and abusing the Uyghur people.
Some of the specific issues relate to individuals who have gone missing without any indication regarding their location or what happened to them, as well as the alleged horrific treatment of residents at work camps the government calls training centers. Evidence shows the detainees have suffered torture, sexual assaults, forced labor, and other inhumane forms of treatment at these facilities.
The UN gathered evidence from those who had been in the camps or who had first-hand knowledge of the areas within the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The OHCHR shared details of these interviews as credible proof of the accusations and claims against the Chinese government, determining the PRC likely committed “crimes against humanity” and had committed human rights violations, including stripping minority citizens of the ability to practice their religion and to live a life free of oppression and discrimination.
The OHCHR asked for the release of all detained individuals and recommended China provide information about the location of missing persons and details on the reported destruction of mosques and other Muslim religious areas. The PRC should also reassess how it handles counterterrorism and launch investigations into the accusations while allowing for oversight and input from outside groups to implement better policies moving forward, according to the OHCHR.
Authorities in China did not respond to the report with a positive or cooperative attitude. Instead, they disputed all accusations, dismissing the whole situation as a fiction perpetrated by the West. The nation claims complete compliance with international laws and denies it has done anything wrong.
Officials released their rebuttal, “Fight against Terrorism and Extremism in Xinjiang: Truth and Facts,” outlining their objections to the OHCHR’s assessment. They maintain the camps are only in place to combat terrorism and claim the government has taken all actions to fight against religious extremism. The PRC accused the UN of being a mouthpiece for the West.
Those who have managed to escape China’s alleged oppression celebrated the release of the UN report. Many believed Beijing would successfully keep it from going public. Still, according to a recent report from Reuters, Uyghurs in Turkey believe it may be too little, too late. They feel the UN hasn’t done nearly enough to hold Chinese authorities accountable for their atrocities.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken released a statement on September 1. He said the UN report only confirms officials’ suspicions about the actions of the PRC. He added that the US believes there is a need to continue working with others to help the victims and make China answer for its actions.
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno expressed concern and committed to pressuring China to end human rights violations, according to a report from Japan Times. Human Rights Watch, meanwhile, is pushing the UN to use this evidence as fuel to take action against the country and hold it responsible for its alleged actions against this vulnerable group.
If the allegations are accurate, do you think the official spotlight will prompt global partners to help the Uyghur people and push government officials in Beijing to adjust their policies and procedures regarding this group?
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