The UN human rights chief says he is trying to have “meaningful access” to the region this year.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has said she hopes to agree on a visit to China this year, including to Xinjiang, to investigate reports of serious abuses against the Uyghur minority.
“I continue to discuss with China the visitation of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, including significant entry regimes,” Bachelet said in a speech at the opening of a Human Rights Council session at Human.
«[I] I hope it will be possible to achieve this this year, especially when there are reports of serious human rights violations. “
Bachelet’s words were the first time he had publicly offered a visit schedule, the terms of which had been negotiated since September 2018.
According to the UN, he is under pressure from Western countries to ensure unimpeded access to Xinjiang, where at least one million Uyghurs, mostly Muslims, have been detained inside the province.
Mass immigration camps
Critics, including Britain and the United States, say prisoners in the camps have been subjected to torture. human rights violationsincluding arbitrary detention, forced labor, torture, forced sterilization, and family separation.
Amnesty International և Human Rights Watch published reports this year documentation: anti-Uyghur practice, which, according to them, can mean crimes against humanity.
Beijing denies the allegations, describes the camps as vocational training facilities to fight religious extremism, and promote economic development in the region.
Dozens of Canadian-led countries are expected to submit a joint statement to the council on Tuesday, expressing concern over the situation in Xinjiang and demanding that China allow Bachelet to allow other independent observers to enter.
Ahead of Tuesday’s announcement, a Chinese mission in the mission last week criticized the group for its efforts to “spread misinformation, China” and “human rights as a political tool.”
At the same time, on the situation in Hong Kong, Bachelet told the council that China’s national security law, imposed a year ago, had “a terrifying effect” on the media in the former British colony.
The legislation criminalized the majority’s disagreement, gave China some powers, and gave new powers of inquiry to the authorities.
Bachelet said 107 people had been arrested under the law, including 57 who had been formally charged.
“It will be a test of independence for the Hong Kong judiciary, a readiness to fulfill Hong Kong’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,” he said.
Beijing պետական Hong Kong government officials say the National Security Act is necessary to prevent national security threats, and that the rights and freedoms of ordinary Hong Kong people are protected.
Critics say it is being used to crack down on dissent at the World Financial Center.