The UN Human Rights Council refuses to discuss alleged Chinese abuses against Uyghurs in Xinjiang

WhichThe American initiative follows the release of a report on Xinjiang by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on August 31, which mentions possible “crimes against humanity” and “credible evidence” of torture and sexual violence.

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The UN on Thursday, October 6, declined to discuss abuses accused of Beijing in its Xinjiang province. A victory for China and a setback for the US, which sees it as an admission of the paralysis of the Human Rights Council. “This is a victory for the developing world and a victory for truth and justice”Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China’s foreign ministry, wrote on Twitter. “Human rights should not be used as an excuse to fabricate lies and interfere in the internal affairs of other countries”She added.

It was the first time in the history of the UN’s highest human rights body, established in 2006, that a text targeted China. The 47 member states should agree to hold a debate on the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in north-west China, where Beijing has been accused of crimes against humanity Uyghurs and other members of predominantly Muslim minorities.

“The United States condemns today’s vote”US Ambassador to the Council Michèle Taylor said in a tweet. “Inaction” advice “seems shamefully to suggest that some countries (…) are allowed to violate human rights with impunity”.

The draft debate, tabled by 10 Council member countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, was opposed by 19 countries, with 17 in favor and 11 abstaining. Beijing has received support from traditional allies such as Cuba and Venezuela, but also from Pakistan, Indonesia and Qatar, as well as many countries in Africa, a continent where China’s influence is growing.

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