Concerned About Oppressed Chinese Uighur Muslims : UN Human Rights Wing

The UNHCR expressed concerns about the oppression of the Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in China, at its 45th session in Geneva

Raghav N

September 15, 2020

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At its  45th session in Geneva yesterday, the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHCR) expressed concern over the plight of the Uighur Muslims in China. The ethnic minority, native to the Xingjiang region in Northwest China, has been subjected to countless systemic atrocities for decades now.

UNHCR Chief Michelle Bachelet spoke about a possible visit to Xinjiang when conditions are more conducive. In the meanwhile, she said that her team continues to engage with the Chinese government on this issue.

China has faced severe backlash from all over the world for their oppression of the ethnic minority. A report reveals that China’s ill-treatment of largely Muslim cultural communities such as the Uighurs and the Kazakhs on its land qualifies as genocide as per the term’s definition by the United Nations. Mass terrorization, forced abortions and mandatory birth controls are some of the extreme measures forced upon these inhabitants by the administration, affecting at least 1.5 million people.

The UNHCR Head also shared that her office is keeping a close eye on Hong Kong, where the controversial National Security Law was recently implemented. As many as 24 individuals have been charged under the law since July, though the government has assured that the act is not intended to have any negative impact on the human rights of its people.

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