Executive Director of Human Rights Watch (HRW). Drana HassanThe Uyghur Muslim minority made a clear complaint to the UN about abuses by the Chinese regime in the Xinjiang region, saying the issue would not be resolved through talks with Beijing, but through investigations and mass surrenders.
“Negotiations with China will not solve Xinjiang’s crisis. The solution is accountability for the crimes committed.”Hasan said at a press conference at the United Nations headquarters.
For HRW, it is imperative that the United Nations continue its work based on the report submitted by the then High Commissioner for Human Rights last year. Michael BachlettIt held that China may be committing crimes against humanity against Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities, using policies that include mass arbitrary detention and other severe abuses against them.
The document, released minutes after Bachelet ended her term, was heavily criticized by Xi Jinping’s regime, which later managed to block debate on the issue at the UN Human Rights Council.
After going to office, Bachelet admitted that she had come under strong political pressure not to release the statementOrganizations like HRW have been demanding it for a long time.
Hassan called on the international community to press for the launch of a commission of inquiry into Xinjiang, meanwhile calling on the UN to document the abuses.
In this sense, he opposed discreet negotiations with China – which he said would favor Beijing – and he bet that the matter should be openly discussed in the Human Rights Council and clearly condemned by the UN Secretary-General. Antonio Gutierrezand other senior officials.
In this sense, he regretted Guterres’ lack of transparency regarding Chinese crimes against humanity, which are considered “one of the most urgent human rights crises” today.
“No country, no matter how powerful, should have a free hand like China.”He insisted.
An investigation released by the UN last year confirmed that China’s anti-terrorism laws had led to “large-scale deprivations of freedom” of Muslim minorities from at least 2017 to 2019 and lent credibility to allegations of torture.
Since then, the pattern appears to have changed and the detention centers – called “vocational education centers” by the government – have been reduced in size and number, but arrests through criminal proceedings continue to occur, often resulting in the imprisonment of Uyghurs.
According to Beijing, various investigations indicate that up to one million members of this minority have been held in these compounds at different times.
Last Monday, a UN panel expressed its concern China’s Treatment of Muslim Minoritiesincluding the use of forced labour UighursA major statement ramps up the pressure on Beijing Human rights.
The findings by a UN-appointed panel of independent experts follow a series of hearings in Geneva last month, in which rights groups raised a number of issues, including Beijing’s treatment of Covid-19 policies, human rights defenders and their Muslim minority.
The 18-member UN panel is charged with overseeing compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. “Many symptoms of forced labor, including forced labor”against ethnic minorities including the Uyghurs.
With information from EFE