US decries ongoing genocide, crimes against humanity in Xinjiang by China at UN

US decries ongoing genocide, crimes against humanity in Xinjiang by China at UN

Geneva [Switzerland], January 23 : In strong condemnation of the human rights violations in Xinjiang by China, the United States has called for the cessation of harassment, surveillance, and threats against individuals in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong.
The remarks were made by Michele Taylor during the 45th Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the United Nations today.

“We recommend that China release all our…detained individuals , many of…who were named by the UN working group, cease harrasments, surveillance, and threats against individuals brought in China, including Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong,” Taylor said.
The US has also called for the cessation of discrimination against individuals, culture, language, religion, or belief. It also called for putting an end to forcible assimilation policies, including boarding schools in Tibet and Xinjiang.
“…cease discrimination against individuals, cuilture, language, religion or belief and forcible assimilation policies including boarding schools in Tibet and Xinjiang…and torture unjust, residential detention and persecution throughout China, and forced labour, marriage, birth control, sterilisation, abortion and family separation in Xinjiang,” the American diplomat said.
Michele Taylor is an American diplomat who is the United States ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council.
She called for the repeal of national security counter-espionage, counter-terrorism and sedition laws, including the national security law in Hong Kong, and “repressive laws against women LGBTQ and migrants workers in Hong Kong and Macau,” she went on to say.
“We condemn the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and transnational repressions, to silence individuals abroad,” she said.
Meanwhile, India gave China three recommendations during the UPR which included, “Continue taking steps to ensure fullest enjoyment of basic human rights by its people through inclusive and sustainable development.”

India told China to “continue taking measures to promote gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls.”
Moreover, India also urged China to “continue to play a constructive role in the realisation of aspirations of developing countries including through reform of mulitateral institutions.”
China’s human rights record is facing international scrutiny during the fourth Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, taking place from January 22 to February 2.
This review is a unique opportunity for member states to hold China accountable for its human rights obligations, according to analysts and rights advocates.
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a peer-review process under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council, where UN Member States assess each other’s human rights records, their fulfilment of human rights obligations and commitments, and provide recommendations to the State under review.
This is China’s fourth appearance before this mechanism. The last one was in November 2018. At the time, countries called out the existence of mass detention camps for Uyghurs a few months after they were revealed by a UN committee.
During China’s 3rd UPR in November 2018, China received 346 recommendations from 150 countries, and accepted 284 of them, with many questionably noted as ‘accepted and already implemented.’
Despite a seemingly high acceptance rate, China broadly rejected recommendations on the rights of Uyghurs and Tibetans, cooperation with the UN and unrestricted UN access to all regions of the country, enforced disappearances and arbitrary detention, the death penalty and the ratification of international treaties.
Since 2018, mounting human rights abuses have been largely documented by a range of UN human rights bodies.
After the narrow defeat of a resolution calling for a debate on the situation in Xinjiang at the Human Rights Council, in September 2022, the UPR is one of the few spaces left where China’s record can be openly discussed, challenged and scrutinised on the basis of UN information.

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