China Moves Against UN Human Rights Violations Investigation

China Moves Against UN Human Rights Violations Investigation

China BLOCKING UN Report? What Are They Hiding?

( – China is lobbying a United Nations (UN) commissioner to suppress a report about the state of affairs in the country’s controversial Xinjiang region. An exclusive from Reuters shows the government actively attempted to sway the opinion of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, as well as other Geneva-based diplomats, to look favorably on the issue. A letter obtained and corroborated by the outlet verified China’s intentions.

The Report Is Likely Unfavorable

The Xinjiang region of China has been a hot topic for human rights groups. Known for promoting a secular life, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is no fan of any religion. The Uyghurs, ethnic Muslims living in the region, are allegedly targeted regularly for persecution, forced labor, organ harvesting, and genocide.

It was recently reported that forced labor camps in the area are a major issue on the human rights front. There’s some speculation that at least one huge labor camp, conveniently located near an airport with regular shuttles to Shanghai, is also an organ harvesting center for unwilling donors.

China initially believed the report would be a success, but something changed. It may be Bachelet’s upcoming retirement this year that gave the Chinese a unique opportunity to lobby a high commissioner directly, something many in the UN would consider brazen.

It seems likely the reason China is asking the high commissioner not to publish her report is that it just may substantiate many of the things the authoritarian nation tries to either hide or simply ignore.

Building Support

China is no slouch when it comes to working the room at the UN. Its tactic of circulating a letter is nothing new. Reuters confirmed with a source that Chinese memos go out all the time in hopes they’ll gain signatures from an array of countries. On this issue, for example, China says it has more than 100 countries on board, ready to support its handling of the Uyghur crisis.

The letter uncovered by Reuters came in two forms: one for those who would likely support the cause using soft language, and another more inflammatory version for the inevitable holdouts.

A spokesman for China’s foreign ministry told Reuters that Bachelet’s visit to the country in May would have shown her everything she needed to see, including a functioning society working for the betterment of the inhabitants of the region. He concluded that anything in a report that shows anything else is part of a propaganda campaign to smear the Asian nation.

Bachelet has vowed to publish the report before her retirement.

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