UN issues assessment of human rights concerns in China
September 1, 2022 - The United Nations condemns China for serious human rights offences in Xinjiang province, including torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment against ethnic Uyghurs.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says China has committed serious human rights abuses against Muslim minorities living in Xinjiang, that may constitute crimes against humanity.
Bachelet’s accusations include detention of Uyghurs and other Muslims, together with a general campaign of rights violations including forced birth control and the demolition of holy sites, such as the Imam Asim Shrine.
William Nee, the research and advocacy coordinator at Chinese Human Rights Defenders, said the report “gives credence to the widespread deprivation of liberty in re-education centres, the torture and sexual violence found there, the likelihood of forced labor, the assault on religious and cultural rights”.
Unsurprisingly, Beijing dismisses the allegations as the “lie of the century”, adding that Bachelet “wantonly smears and slanders China”.