The United States, Germany and Britain have clashed with China over the treatment of Uighurs and mostly Muslim Xinjiang groups at the United Nations as Beijing lobbied to stay away from UN member states as it progressed with a virtual event. .
“We will continue to stand and talk until the Chinese government cancels crimes against humanity and the genocide of Uighurs and other minorities in Xinjiang,” Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the ceremony, said about 50 people attended the country on Wednesday.
The UN, several western countries, academics and rights groups say they have sent hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs to education camps in the far-western region. China has acknowledged the existence of the camps, but said they are the vocational training centers needed to deal with hard teams.
“In Xinjiang, people are being tortured. Women are being sterilized by force, ”Thomas-Greenfield said.
International Secretary-General for Amnesty Agnes Callamard has said that according to the incident, approximately one million Uyghurs and ethnic minorities of Muslim minorities are arbitrarily detained.
In a statement to UN member states last week, China’s UN mission denied the allegations as “lies and false allegations” and accused the organizing country of being “obsessed with causing confrontation with China”.
He asked the countries to “NOT participate in this anti-China event,” but on Wednesday a Chinese diplomat addressed the allegations.
“China has nothing to hide in Xinjiang,” said Chinese diplomat Guo Jiakun. “Xinjiang is always open. We welcome them to visit Xinjiang, but we are against any kind of investigation based on lies and a presumption of guilt. “
The event was organized by Germany, the USA and Great Britain and is sponsored by Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many other European countries.
UN Ambassador Barbara Woodward told the meeting that “there is evidence of mass arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances and incidents of torture. Violent labor and widespread sterilization are reported.”
The destruction of Muslim cemeteries has been reported, with the distribution of children and Uighurs forced to eat pork in violation of their religious beliefs.
“We are here today to deal with these events. And to call on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and his Office to allow immediate, meaningful and unlimited access, ”Woodward said.
“We call on China to respect the universal declaration of human rights and call on China to demolish the detention camps,” added German Ambassador Christoph Heusgen.
“If you have nothing to hide, why didn’t you give the big human rights commissioner any trouble?” He asked China.
Michelle Bachelet, the head of UN human rights, was not present at the event and Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, stated her absence.
“I’m sure he’s busy,” he said. “You know we’re all. But I have a similar global mandate to defend human rights and I couldn’t think of anything more important than joining you today. “
Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman for the UN Office of Human Rights, said Bachelet – who has expressed serious concern about the human rights situation in Xinjiang – was unable to attend.
“The high commissioner continues to liaise with the Chinese authorities on the modalities of such a visit,” Bachelet’s office said, adding that “it continues to gather and analyze important information and closely monitor the situation.”
Later on Wednesday, at the presentation of the annual report on the state of religious freedom around the world, a U.S. State Department official accused China of “becoming”open-air prison“.
Daniel Nadel, a senior official at the State Department’s Office of International Freedom, said he is controlling the population.
“The monitoring of popular movements is close,” he told the news. “You have guards who have guided you to live with the Uighurs to keep track of them. People who go to the market have to check every time they go to another market stall, ”he said.
The report also identified China’s persecution of the Falun Gong spiritual group.