Human rights in China: a very short visit by the UN to Xinjiang

“My visit to China is not an investigation”, repeated, Saturday, May 28, the head of human rights of the UN Michelle Bachelet at the end of a five-day visit to China, including barely two days in Xinjiang. During an online press conference, which a Swiss journalist described as ” prank call “at the end of this visit to China, she assured that she had ” understood “ those who criticized him for his lack of criticism of the Chinese government and for having spoken with “franchise” to communist leaders.

China: Documents Reveal Scale of Repression Against Uyghurs

A visit closely monitored by the Chinese authorities

Michelle Bachelet is the first UN human rights official to visit China since 2005, after years of tough negotiations with Beijing over the terms of her visit. The same scenario had already happened last year when the World Health Organization, a UN agency, wanted to send an “observation mission” to China to try to determine the origin of the coronavirus, which appeared in the city. from Wuhan at the end of 2019. It took months of secret negotiations for the Beijing authorities to authorize, under very strict conditions, the visit of a UN delegation. At the end of their mission, the origin of the virus still kept all its mystery and few health specialists expected to learn much about this epidemic.

Michelle Bachelet’s visit to China shines spotlight on Uighur repression

The scenario remains the same with the UN human rights official. The very strict conditions of this trip will certainly not have allowed Michelle Bachelet to see for herself the reality of the internment camps, where at least a million Uyghurs have been locked up for years.

It is in this context that a consortium of foreign media published, on Tuesday, May 24, documents supposed to come from the hacking of Xinjiang police computers. Among them are thousands of photographs, presented as having been taken in “detention camps” and showing the faces of many “detainees”.

“Xinjiang bashing carried out by anti-China forces”

These charges are “the latest example of Xinjiang bashing carried out by anti-China forces”, castigated Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for Chinese diplomacy, on Tuesday. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Saturday urged China to avoid “arbitrary measures” in its vast campaign of repression “counter-terrorism” in the Xinjiang region (northwest).

The Xinjiang regional government assured him that the network of “vocational training centers”accused by human rights organizations of being “re-education camps”had been “dismantled”, underlined Michelle Bachelet. Difficult for her to question the word of this high Chinese dignitary and even to assess for herself, because of what the authorities were kind enough to show her, the human rights situation in Xinjiang.


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