UN Human Rights Council refuses to discuss China’s alleged abuses against Uyghurs in Xinjiang

I orThe US initiative followed the publication on August 31 of a report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Xinjiang that evokes possible “crimes against humanity” and “credible evidence” of torture and sexual violence.

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The UN refused, on Thursday, October 6, to discuss the abuses that Beijing is accused of in its Xinjiang province. A victory for China and a setback for the United States, which sees in it an admission of paralysis by the Human Rights Council. “This is a victory for developing countries and a victory for truth and justice”Hua Chunying, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, wrote on Twitter. “Human rights should not be used as a pretext to fabricate lies and interfere in the internal affairs of other countries”she added.

It was the first time in the history of the highest UN human rights body, created in 2006, that a text targeted China. The 47 member states were to say whether they would agree to hold a debate on northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where Beijing is accused of crimes against humanity. Uyghurs and other members of predominantly Muslim minorities.

“The United States condemns today’s vote”said the US ambassador to the Council, Michèle Taylor, in a tweet. “In action” tip “shamefully it seems to indicate that some countries (…) are allowed to violate human rights with impunity”.

The draft debate, which had been presented by ten member countries of the Council, including the United States and the United Kingdom, was rejected by 19 countries, while 17 were in favor and 11 abstained. Beijing has received the support of traditional allies, such as Cuba and Venezuela, but also Pakistan, Indonesia and Qatar, as well as many countries in Africa, a continent where China’s influence is growing.

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