‘Non-investigation’ in UN human rights chief’s visit to Xinjiang


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Bachelet answers questions agreed with Chinese media about the human rights situation in the United States and the shooting in Uvalde

Michelle Bachelet in a virtual meeting with Xi Jinping.
Michelle Bachelet in a virtual meeting with Xi Jinping.EFE
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More than a hundred media journalists from all over the world were associated with the virtual press conference held by Michelle Bachelet on Saturday. Since 2005, no UN human rights commissioner has set foot on the Asian giant. oh great anticipation. After a six-day tour, which hailed Xinjiang as a special novelty, the region under constant scrutiny for Peking repression against the Uighur Muslim minority, Bachelet spent a large part of his speech answering media questions agreed with the Chinese. dedicated to. About the human rights situation in the United States and the shooting in Uvalde.

The former Chilean president, long considered the first lady of the United Nations as a candidate, faced the suppression of a dictatorship in her body. She fled Chile after being imprisoned by the Pinochet regime in the 1970s and her father died in prison. Despite their background, Bachelet’s not-so-transparent tour of Xinjiang had too many hopes Joining hands with Beijing, as if it dared to condemn all documented atrocities on Chinese soil that the regime has committed against the Uyghur population.

Bachelet’s most direct and harsh reference to Xinjiang was to urge China “Avoid arbitrary measures in the counter-terrorism operation in the region”, Bachelet had been demanding an unrestricted visit for some time to investigate all the allegations. On the other hand, in his appearance before the media, he said that a “high-level” visit like his does not allow “detailed methodology” of “work of an investigative nature”. In other words, it has been a visit to test the area and meet with Chinese leaders, rather than an investigation into what happened in Xinjiang.

Human rights organizations have accused Chile of allowing itself to be used by China to whitewash abuses against ethnic minorities in the country. whereas, Beijing presents visit as a great opportunity A success story to tell for the former Chilean president to see the Chinese government’s efforts to crack down on terrorism and religious extremism while helping to rid Xinjiang of Western prejudice and boosting the economy.

Xinjiang, a vast region of desert and mountains four times larger than Spain, is the province in which many and contrary international reports have identified dozens of re-education camps, vocational training centers for China that visit on a voluntary basis. In some centers barbed wire, watchmen, armed police guarding courtyards and corridors and orders to shoot in case of escape, More than a million Uighurs – about 10% of the Muslim minority living in the region – may have ended up there against their will on grounds of ending religious extremism after two decades of attacks.

The allegations of Uighurs who were in detention centers and journalistic investigations, as well as internal leaks from the Chinese government and Xinjiang police, go much further: Forced labour, destruction of mosques, forced sterilization and torture, harsh surveillance and police harassment.

Bachelet assured during the appearance that the Xinjiang authorities had guaranteed him that the network of “Vocational Education and Training Center”Using the term, adopted by Pekingese, had already been abolished. Chile also said that their meetings in the region were not supervised by the authorities. No media outlet was allowed to accompany the UN team on the pretext that it was a “closed circuit” visit due to the pandemic.

Unions formed by Uyghur migrants, especially refugees in Turkey, have been warning throughout the week that travel It was a choreographed tour to legitimize Beijing’s propagandaWhich repeatedly denies the oppression in its northeastern region.

The High Commissioner’s visit this week coincided with the publication of a major data leak from the Xinjiang security apparatus, including Police photos of thousands of Uighurs detained and internal documents Which describes certain policies such as shooting anyone who tries to escape. An international media consortium had access to these documents, which serve as new evidence of the existence of the detention camps, which Beijing denies.

Following the publication of these letters, some countries expressed doubts about what could realistically be achieved on a visit to Bachelet. German Foreign Minister, Annalena BerbockHe met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Tuesday for a transparent investigation following “shocking reports and new evidence of very serious violations” of human rights in Xinjiang. “Bachelet and his office should keep a close watch on these faces and pressure the Chinese authorities for full and unrestricted access and answers,” the US ambassador to the United Nations said. Linda Thomas-Greenfield,

Bachelet met by videoconference with the Chinese President on Thursday, Xi Jinping, who defended his country’s human rights record. “Through persistent and long-term hard work, China has successfully stepped on the path of human rights development,” Xi said.

“The situation is in line with the national circumstances. There is no ideal country when it comes to human rights, Deviating from reality and completely copying the institutional model of other countries will not only be difficult to accommodate, but will also bring disastrous consequences, and in the end, the broad masses of the people will suffer,” said the Chinese leader, state agency Xinhua. The meeting, which also noted that Bachelet told Xi, among other remarks, that “he praised China’s efforts and achievements to eradicate poverty, protect human rights, and achieve economic and social development.” Bachelet’s office later denied that the UN representative expressed himself in those words.

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