China may have committed crimes against humanity against Uyghur Muslims: UN

China may have committed crimes against humanity against Uyghur Muslims: UN
China may have committed crimes against humanity against Uyghur Muslims: UN

The ‘arbitrary and discriminatory detention’ of Uighurs and other Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region may constitute a crime against humanity. The outgoing UN human rights chief said so in a report on Wednesday.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has faced criticism from some diplomats and rights groups for being too soft on China. He completed his four-year tenure as High Commissioner for Human Rights in Jatting yesterday. He released the report minutes before the deadline. Bachelet visited China last May.

The UN human rights office said in its 48-page report that “serious human rights violations have occurred in Xinjiang” as the government implements counter-terrorism and ‘counter-extremism’ strategies. The extent of arbitrary and discriminatory detention of members of Uyghurs and other major Muslim groups… may constitute international crimes, particularly crimes against humanity.’

He recommended the Chinese government to take swift action to release all those held in training centers, prisons or detention centers.

The office also said there are credible indications of violations of reproductive rights through the enforced implementation of family planning policies since 2017. The lack of official data makes it difficult to determine the full extent of current implementation of these policies and violations related to reproductive rights.

In the western Xinjiang region, the predominantly Muslim ethnic minority, numbering about 10 million, has been subjected to extensive forced labor in concentration camps. As a result, rights groups have accused Beijing of abuses against the Uyghurs, with the United States accusing China of genocide.

China has strongly denied the allegations.

China’s mission in Geneva described the report as a ‘farce’ orchestrated by the US, Western countries and anti-Chinese powers based on false information and presumptions of guilt.

Ahead of the report’s release, Zhang Jun, China’s ambassador to the United Nations in New York, said Beijing had repeatedly opposed it. He said the UN human rights chief should not interfere in China’s internal affairs.

“We all know very well that the so-called Xinjiang issue is a complete fabrication for political purposes and is definitely aimed at undermining China’s stability and hindering China’s development,” Zhang told reporters on Wednesday.

“We don’t think it will do anyone any good, it will only undermine cooperation between the United Nations and a member state,” he added.

(Dhakatimes/September 1/SAT)

The article is in Bengali

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