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UN report accuses China of ‘crimes against humanity’ — Analysis

Beijing rejected the assessment as “disinformation and lies fabricated by anti-China forces”

The United Nations’ human rights watchdog has issued a report accusing China of possible “crimes against humanity”The Xinjiang provincial government claims Beijing targeted Uyghur Muslims through arbitrary arrests, torture and other means. However, the Chinese government denies these charges. 

The UN’s Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released the 48-page assessment on Wednesday, just minutes before the office’s top official, Michelle Bachelet, ended her term at the agency. It claimed that Beijing had committed human rights violations. “serious human rights violations”The Uyghur ethnic minority in Xinjiang is being criticized. This was based on interviews with 26 detainees from facilities throughout the province and information Bachelet gathered during a six day visit to China earlier this summer. 

“The extent of arbitrary and discriminatory detention of members of Uyghur and other predominantly Muslim groups… may constitute international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity,”Also, the report made allegations “undue restrictions on religious identity and expression, as well as the rights to privacy and movement” in Xinjiang.




China previously denied such accusations as being against it “lies of the century,”The UN Document was quickly responded to and a long reply was issued rebutting several claims in it.

“This so-called ‘assessment’ runs counter to the mandate of the OHCHR, and ignores the human rights achievements made together by people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang and the devestating damage caused by terrorism and extremism,” China’s UN mission said, adding that the report “distorts China’s laws and policies, wantonly smears and slanders China, and interferes in China’s internal affairs.”

The government went on to reject the UN’s claims as “disinformation and lies fabricated by anti-China forces,”Stressing the fact that it is “taken actions to fight terrorism and extremism in accordance with the law” in Xinjiang. Although it stated that terrorist acts were once “rampant”Residents in the area are currently “living a happy life in peace and contentment”Thanks to anti-extremism efforts.

Before the OHCHR’s latest assessment, America had also accused China last year of serious abuses against Muslim minority minorities. The State Department even went so far as to say that Beijing was guilty “genocide” in Xinjiang. China also denied the accusation at that time and said it was “simply a lie”While arguing that its regional policies had succeeded in stopping the violence, “terrorism and extremism.”

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