The United Nations has released a long-awaited report on the persecution of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province. The agency accused China of ‘serious human rights violations’ in its report. This information was reported in a report by the British media BBC on Thursday (September 1).
The report, which took almost a year to prepare, was released in Geneva at 11:47 am on Wednesday, NDTV reported. The report was released 13 minutes before the end of the four-year term of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.
In an email sent to news agency AFP, he said, “I said I will publish it before the end of my mandate.”
China urged the UN not to release the report. Beijing calls it a ‘farce’ of Western powers.
The UN report assessed claims of abuse against Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities. However, China dismissed these claims as baseless.
But investigators said they had uncovered “credible evidence” of torture, which likely amounted to “crimes against humanity.” Investigators have accused China of using vague national security laws to suppress the rights of minorities and establishing a system of arbitrary detention.
The report was approved by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Detainees are said to have committed criminal acts, including sexual and gender-based violence.
Earlier, it was said by the United Nations that China has imprisoned more than one million Uyghur Muslims in various detention camps.