UN rights chief to visit China on May 23, may stop at Xinjiang amid abuse claims | World News

This is the primary time {that a} UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is visiting China since Louise Arbour’s journey in 2005.

Written by Manjiri Sachin Chitre | Edited by Sohini Goswami

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet will embark on a visit to China subsequent week – from May 23 to May 28. As a part of the visit, the UN’s high human rights official is scheduled to visit Guangzhou, Kashgar and the Xinjiang regional capital of Urumqi from the place a number of reviews of abuses of Uighur Muslims proceed to floor.

According to reviews, an advance workforce was despatched to China a number of weeks in the past to put together for the visit and has additionally accomplished a prolonged quarantine within the nation. According to Bachelet’s office, she won’t go to Beijing due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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This is the primary time {that a} UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is visiting China since Louise Arbour’s journey in 2005.

According to reviews, the excessive commissioner had beforehand mentioned she required “unfettered” entry to Xinjiang. However, the Chinese authorities had mentioned they’d not enable something apart from a “friendly visit”.

Meanwhile, the Human Rights Watch on Friday expressed considerations over the Chinese authorities manipulating the visit as a “publicity stunt”. Accusing the Xi Jinping-led authorities of “committing human rights violations on a scope and scale unimaginable”, the Human Rights Watch mentioned the visit “should highlight the need for justice for victims of violations and accountability for those responsible”.

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Several rights teams have accused China of human rights abuses and compelled labour towards Uyghurs. The US authorities and lawmakers have labelled China’s remedy of the Uyghur minority in Xinjiang as a “genocide”. The proper teams have mentioned that at least a million – principally Muslim minorities – have been incarcerated in “re-education camps” within the area, and have confronted widespread abuses, together with compelled sterilisation and compelled labour.

(With inputs from businesses)


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