Beijing dismissed the assessment as ‘misinformation and fabricated lies by anti-China forces’
The United Nations human rights watchdog released a report accusing China of possible “crimes against humanity” in Xinjiang province, claiming that Beijing has targeted Uyghur Muslims with arbitrary arrests and even torture. The Chinese government, however, denied the charges.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released the 48-page assessment on Wednesday, minutes before the office’s top official, Michelle Bachelet, ended her term at the agency. . The report alleged that Beijing had committed “serious violations of human rights” against the Uyghur ethnic group in Xinjiang, citing interviews with 26 former detainees in facilities in the province, as well as information gathered by Bachelet during a six-day visit to China earlier this year.
“The extent of arbitrary and discriminatory detention of Uyghur members and other predominantly Muslim groups…may amount to international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity,” concludes the report, also alleging “unwarranted restrictions on religious identity and expression, as well as privacy and movement rights” in Xinjiang.
China, which has previously dismissed accusations such as “lies of the century” Swifty responded to the UN document, posting a lengthy response rebutting various claims made in the report.
“This so-called ‘assessment’ goes against OHCHR’s mandate and ignores the human rights achievements made together by people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang and the devastating damage caused by terrorism and extremism”, The Chinese UN mission said, adding that the report “distorts China’s laws and policies, wantonly defames and slanders China, and interferes in China’s internal affairs.”
The government then dismissed the UN claims as “misinformation and lies fabricated by anti-China forces”, pointing out that he has “taken measures to combat terrorism and extremism in accordance with the law” in Xinjiang. While he said that terrorism was once “crawling” in the region, citizens are now “live a happy life in peace and contentment” through counter-extremism initiatives.
Prior to OHCHR’s latest assessment, the United States had also accused China of serious abuses against Muslim minorities last year, with the State Department going so far as to claim that Beijing had committed “genocide” in Xinjiang. China also denied that accusation at the time, saying it was “just a lie” while arguing that his policies in the region had succeeded in stopping “Terrorism and extremism”.
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