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Diplomats and human rights advocates from various countries have appealed to the UN to take tough measures against China under the ‘crimes against humanity’ report. “The world body will decide in the future how to deal with allegations against China of persecution of ethnic minorities,” he said. The eyes of the world are fixed on it.
Human rights organizations and journalists have for years alleged persecution of Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic groups in Xinjiang. China has been accused of persecuting these groups in Xinjiang, sexually harassing them and forcing them to leave. A report released last month by the United Nations Human Rights Office further fueled these allegations.
At an event sponsored by the ‘Atlantic Council and Human Rights Watch’, the UN Special Envoy for the Rights of Minorities, Fernand de Warens, said it was no longer possible to remain passive. If someone goes free with impunity, what message does that send? So action should be taken regarding this.
Impact on global system trust
“The response to these atrocities will undermine confidence in our international system,” said Jeffrey Proscott, the US deputy ambassador to the United Nations. It is very sad to see a country that has played such an important role in the building of the modern United Nations and a country that has permanent status in the UN so seriously flouting its obligations.
A long-delayed statement
Reports of alleged harassment by China came in the final days of Michelle Bachelet’s last day in office as the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The report is believed to be long overdue. China expressed surprise and displeasure at the release of the United Nations Human Rights Office report. China said the report was illegal and invalid.