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US ‘deeply concerned’ about UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet’s China visit

  • The US does not expect Beijing to grant the high commissioner sufficient access to conduct a ‘complete, unmanipulated assessment’ in Xinjiang, a spokesman said
  • He also criticised Bachelet for not releasing a report on the region, where the US has accused China of genocide against Uygurs and other minority groups


Published: 3:21am, 21 May, 2022

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet speaks at a press conference in Geneva in November. Photo: AP

The US State Department on Friday expressed concern about an upcoming visit by the United Nations rights chief to the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, warning that restrictions by Beijing could make a thorough investigation into alleged rights abuses there impossible.

“We’re deeply concerned about the upcoming visit,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price said of the planned trip by Michelle Bachelet, the UN’s high commissioner for human rights.

“We have no expectation that the [People’s Republic of China] will grant the necessary access required to conduct a complete, unmanipulated assessment of the human rights environment in Xinjiang,” Price said.
“The high commissioner, we believe, must act, and be allowed to act, independently. And the high commissioner must report objectively and factually on the human rights situation.”

Bachelet is scheduled to travel to China next week, the first official visit to the country by a UN rights chief since 2005.

The landmark visit will include stops in the cities of Urumqi and Kashgar in Xinjiang, where rights groups, witnesses and some governments have accused the Chinese government of carrying out a far-reaching crackdown on Uygurs and other ethnic minority groups.

The US government has categorised the Chinese government’s actions in Xinjiang as “genocide” and crimes against humanity, citing allegations of forced labour and the mass detention of some one million Uygurs.
China has denied the allegations and portrayed the criticism as attempts to interfere in its internal affairs.

Price’s comments add to a growing chorus of concern among Western nations that the visit will be a tightly controlled affair in which the Chinese government could dictate the amount of access Bachelet’s team is granted to sites within Xinjiang.

The comments coincided with a warning issued Friday by some 40 lawmakers around the world that the credibility of Bachelet’s office “could suffer lasting damage” if it failed to secure necessary access for a “meaningful investigation”.

“Covid restrictions must not be deployed as a reason to excuse the PRC for failing to allow a meaningful investigation,” said the group of legislators from 18 countries known as the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China.

Earlier this month, a coalition of more than 220 rights groups appealed to Bachelet’s office to postpone her visit, citing the risk of “walking into a propaganda minefield laid out by the Chinese Communist Party”.

Those campaigners also accused Bachelet of failing to meet with any members of the Uygur community or related civil society groups during her time in office “despite multiple requests”.

Bachelet’s office did not immediately respond to questions regarding that allegation or Price’s comments.

And the Chinese embassy in Washington did not respond to questions concerning the degree to which Bachelet’s team would be free to determine her itinerary. In December, Beijing’s mission to the UN characterised the then-unscheduled trip as a “friendly visit” and said it should not be considered an “‘investigation’ under the presumption of guilt”.

Even before concerns were raised by the US and others about the circumstances of the upcoming trip, Bachelet had faced mounting criticism about the delayed release of a long-anticipated UN report into alleged rights abuses in Xinjiang.

The UN said in December that the report would be issued in a matter of “weeks”.

“Despite frequent assurances by her office that the report would be released in short order, it remains unavailable to us, and we call on the high commissioner to release the report without delay and not to wait for the visit to do so,” Price said on Friday.

The UN has said it has identified patterns of arbitrary detention, coerced labour and broader infringements on civil liberties in Xinjiang. But Price said Bachelet herself had remained silent “in the face of indisputable evidence of atrocities in Xinjiang and other human rights violations and abuses throughout the PRC”.

“It is deeply concerning, particularly as she is and should be the leading UN voice on human rights.” Price said.

 

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US slams WHO chielf, WTO chief, UN human rights chief... as long as any world organizations stepped a little bit out of US line, US will start its vicious attack.
Now we can see it's not China not allowing people to visit Xinjiang, it's US trying to stop people from going there, so US narrative about Xinjinag won't be challenged by truth seekers.
 

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God the US and their incessant need to be global thought police is really starting to frustrate me.

First they complain of human rights issues - then when the UN send someone independent to visit the country - they complain about the visit 😂
 

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God the US and their incessant need to be global thought police is really starting to frustrate me.

First they complain of human rights issues - then when the UN send someone independent to visit the country - they complain about the visit 😂

Trust me bro, as an American and having to hear this bitching day in and out -- I'm starting to love my wife even more, at-least she's not a constant nagger.
US needs to learn to keep its mouth shut.
 

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US slams WHO chielf, WTO chief, UN human rights chief... as long as any world organizations stepped a little bit out of US line, US will start its vicious attack.
Now we can see it's not China not allowing people to visit Xinjiang, it's US trying to stop people from going there, so US narrative about Xinjinag won't be challenged by truth seekers.

That politics.

You can say whatever you want to say.

And you are right, despite it's not.

That is the art.
 

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Today is the first day that UN human rights chief arrived in Xinjiang, the visit which was strongly opposed by the west, especially US, so on this perfect timing, "someone" "leaked" some info, what a coincidence....
 

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The chief will see the true facts and write a report , then the US will exert pressure and the report will be changed to suit US agenda.
 

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The chief will see the true facts and write a report , then the US will exert pressure and the report will be changed to suit US agenda.
This is exactly what the west and US are doing now.

If they don't toe US lines, US will throw a tantrum right after, actually US quit UN human rights council and WHO and threaten to quit WTO for not doing US biddings.

 
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US is undisputedly the world biggest bully, it never observes international laws and for a good whole century throws its weight about to bully other nations, don't know why here are still many US slaves, maybe due to Stockholm syndrome, trying to defend US even more than Americans themselves, it's so funny to watch these clowns.
 

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Today is the first day that UN human rights chief arrived in Xinjiang, the visit which was strongly opposed by the west, especially US, so on this perfect timing, "someone" "leaked" some info, what a coincidence....

LOL! Why are you spreading fakenews in this thread over and over and over and over that the UN visit is/was opposed by the the US/West???

The only thing the US said is that they were concerned China would limit what the inspectors could see...not that they didn't want the inspectors to go.

I suggest you read your own OP again. You are misinterpreting the article...which would not be the first time.

U.N. Human Rights chief kicks off high-stakes visit to China, Beijing cites COVID in limiting access



Well..surprise...surprise...that didn't take long. The US Government called it out as what China will do even before she even landed. Don't need to be a psychic to see that coming.

Did anybody really think China would allow any kind of non-controlled access??? :no:
 
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LOL! Why are you spreading fakenews in this thread over and over that the UN visit was opposed by the the US/West???

The only thing the US said is that they were concerned China would limit what the inspectors could see...not that they didn't want the inspectors to go.

I suggest you read your own OP again. You are misinterpreting the article...which would not be the first time.

U.S. slams China, U.N. rights chief, ahead of Xinjiang visit​


US is always against UN human rights chief visiting China, and since US had quit "biased" UN human rights council all together, why do you care them this much about China?
 

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More people die in US due to police shooting than due to malaria in a 3rd world country. US can shove their concern up their backside.
 

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