50 nations at U.N. condemn Xinjiang rights abuses in China

The 50 signatories embrace the United States, Britain, Japan, France, Australia, Israel, Turkey, Guatemala and Somalia

The 50 signatories embrace the United States, Britain, Japan, France, Australia, Israel, Turkey, Guatemala and Somalia

Fifty nations on Monday signed onto an announcement learn throughout a U.N. debate that condemned the “extreme and systematic” human rights violations in China’s Xinjiang area.

“We are gravely involved in regards to the human rights scenario within the People’s Republic of China, particularly the continued human rights violations of Uyghurs and different predominantly Muslim minorities in Xinjiang,” mentioned the assertion, learn out by Canada throughout a debate of the U.N. General Assembly Third Committee, which handles human rights.

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The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in August revealed a long-awaited report on Xinjiang, citing attainable crimes in opposition to humanity in opposition to Uyghurs and different Muslim minorities within the far-western area.

Beijing rejects the allegations, claiming to be combating terrorism and guaranteeing the area’s growth.

“Such extreme and systematic violations of human rights can’t be justified on the premise of counter-terrorism. In view of the gravity of the OHCHR evaluation, we’re involved that China has up to now refused to debate its findings,” the assertion added.

The 50 signatories embrace the United States, Britain, Japan, France, Australia, Israel, Turkey, Guatemala and even Somalia.

They urged Beijing to “implement the suggestions of the OHCHR evaluation” which embrace “taking immediate steps to launch all people arbitrarily disadvantaged of their liberty in Xinjiang, and to urgently make clear the destiny and whereabouts of lacking members of the family and facilitate secure contact and reunion.”

In early October, China managed to keep away from a dialogue of the OHCHR report on the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council after a majority of the physique’s 47 members blocked the start of debate.

Human Rights Watch, a global NGO, referred to as Monday for the U.N. Human Rights Council to “strive once more” to carry the talk “as quickly as attainable.”

“Clearly, diplomatic momentum in favor of holding Beijing accountable for its human rights violations is rising,” mentioned the NGO’s UN director, Louis Charbonneau.

“Human Rights Watch is urging council members to aim once more on the earliest attainable date to debate and take into account choices for establishing a UN-backed mechanism to research additional the Chinese authorities’s accountability for human rights violations,” he added.