UN Human Rights Chief May Visit China For Uyghur Muslims

United Nations Human Rights chief said she was encouraging Hong Kong authorities to monitor closely the enforcement of the national security law.

Jessica David

September 17, 2020

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The United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet on Monday (September 14) said that she is in discussion about a possible visit to China’s Xinjiang region to meet Chinese authorities who are facing growing backlash over its treatment of ethnic Uyghurs there. “My Office continues to engage with the Chinese Government on the situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and the impact on human rights of its policies,” Bachelet told a council meeting in Geneva. She also said that she was encouraging Hong Kong authorities.

The Hong Kong authorities were being encouraged by Bachelet to monitor the enforcement of national security laws closely and to take steps to review it in response to any possible negative consequences. Nearly 300 top human rights bodies from across the world have written a joint letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights seeking action against China for gross rights violation through an international mechanism and appointment of special envoy.

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