US Congress urges UN to issue statement on Xinjiang ahead of Beijing Games

In this file photo taken on January 3, 2022, Beijing walks during the Alternative Talent Awards Ceremony (background) at the Winter Games.

US lawmakers on Tuesday called on UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to release a report on Xinjiang, a region that Washington accuses of committing genocide against China’s Uyghur Muslim minority.

The statement, released ahead of the start of the Games on February 4, said it would “reaffirm the fact that no country is subject to scrutiny or international law”. Commission on China.

Bachelet, Chile’s former president and UN high commissioner for human rights, has been urging Beijing for years to have “meaningful and unrestricted access” to Xinjiang, until such a visit is possible.

In mid-December, Bachelet’s spokesperson pointed out that a press release could be published “in a few weeks”.

However, human rights lawyers appealed to the UN.

Several human rights groups have accused China of detaining at least one million Muslims in Xinjiang.

Beijing denies the figures and describes the camps as “vocational training centers” to support employment and fight religious extremism.

The United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom announced that they would not send official representations to the Games due to the “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity and other violations of the human rights in Xinjiang”.

Athletes from these countries will participate in the tournament.

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