U.N. Accused of Giving China List of Uighur Dissidents, U.S. Will Investigate

The U.N. is accused of providing China with a list of Uighur dissidents, and the U.S. Congress has launched an investigation into it.

Emma Reilly, a former employee of the U.N. Human Rights Commission, said in a British radio interview Sunday that the U.N. Human Rights Council submitted to the Chinese government lists of Uighur dissidents who came to the Human Rights Council to testify about China’s human rights abuses, and that this went on for years, according to media reports.

Reilly said that before each meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council, the Chinese government asks the U.N. if anyone plans to come and testify, and that her boss provides the Chinese government with the names of Uighur dissidents.

Reilly said, “This is completely contrary to the rule of providing this information to any government. But the U.N. made an exception for China, and China only, by providing China with the names” and “China used this information to harass the families of these dissidents who are still in China.”

Reilly also posted documents online that she said could support such allegations, the report said. She provided similar evidence to the U.S. Congress and senior U.S. diplomats last December.

Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, the chief Republican member of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, told the media that he was investigating the matter.

The United Nations was founded on the protection of human rights,” McCaul said, “and if the reports are true, it’s very troubling. We are investigating the allegations.”

Sources on the House Foreign Affairs Committee also confirmed that they are investigating the allegations, according to the report.