UN and EU blocked from investigating Xinjiang

Journalists and officials line up inside the Hotan County Vocational Education and Training Center in Hotan County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, as they arrive to greet foreign media reporters organized by the Chinese government to visit the center, Jan. 5, 2019.

The EU and UN officials strongly called on the Chinese government to allow investigators into Xinjiang to investigate, and the Chinese Foreign Ministry criticized the EU on June 26 for making unreasonable demands and creating loose ends, stressing that the mission should not be an inferred guilty “investigation mission.

As atrocities by Chinese authorities in Xinjiang continue to be revealed, the international community has also strongly condemned the human rights violations committed by Chinese authorities against Uighurs and other ethnic minorities. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Tuesday (23) called on China to allow UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet and other independent investigators to travel to Xinjiang to investigate reports of secret detention camps, forced sterilization and political indoctrination. Bachelet called on China to allow UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet and other independent investigators to travel to Xinjiang to investigate reports of secret detention camps, forced sterilizations and political indoctrination, saying this is key to enabling the international community to independently, impartially and transparently assess its serious concerns.

Bachelet also said Friday at a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council that she needed to go to China to examine the human rights situation and is still discussing the details with the Chinese. Discussions with the Chinese side began in 2018 and have been fruitless so far, the Associated Press said.

The Chinese ambassador to Germany, Wu Jin, mentioned in an interview with the German WirtschaftsWoche earlier this month that China had extended an invitation to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to come to Xinjiang, as well as to representatives of the EU and its member states, but is still waiting for a response. Asked about this at a regular press conference at the Chinese Foreign Ministry on 26th, spokesman Wang Wenbin said that the EU’s unreasonable demands, including meeting with convicted criminals, clearly ignore Chinese law and attempt to interfere with China’s judicial sovereignty.

Wang Wenbin: “But regrettably, the European side has repeatedly delayed the visit, creating loose ends and repeatedly making unreasonable demands, even offering to meet with convicted criminals who have been legally sentenced for engaging in secessionist activities, giving the impression that they are not interested in visiting Xinjiang if they do not act according to the European side’s ‘will’. . “

Wang Wenbin said many diplomats, journalists and religious figures know the real situation in Xinjiang through field visits and believe that what they saw with their own eyes in Xinjiang does not match Western media reports. He said China’s invitation and sincerity remain unchanged and that “the door to Xinjiang is open,” but that the mission should not be a guilt-by-assumption “investigation mission.

However, this statement was seen as symbolic by Luke de Pulford, coordinator of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), a group of parliamentarians and members of parliaments across five continents. He told reporters that the world needs an investigation that meets UN transparency standards, but the Chinese authorities do not allow it, which is why they call it a “visit” rather than an “investigation mission.

“Many journalists are being watched on such ‘visits’ and seeing only what the Chinese government wants them to see, but no one will believe it,” Peirender said. ” Pei Lund said.

Dilishati, a spokesman for the German-based Uighur human rights group World Uighur Congress, criticized such claims as “China’s usual political excuse,” noting that the Chinese authorities claim that “the door to Xinjiang is open,” but in fact restrict and try to block them at every turn. But in reality, they are restricting and trying to prevent independent investigations by European and American countries.

“The Chinese government’s political intentions are very clear, putting up barriers so that you can’t go there and actually investigate. The EU is not going there as a tourist, it is going there to investigate the reality of the systematic genocide of the Uighur people in China.” Dilishati told the station.

He also called for unified and strong diplomatic pressure from all countries to make Beijing accept the mission to Xinjiang and to be able to conduct the investigation without pressure and hindrance from the authorities. Last September, French President Emmanuel Macron called for an international mission to Xinjiang to investigate, but received the same response from the Chinese government.

Recently, many countries have come forward to condemn China’s atrocities in Xinjiang, even declaring that China’s practices in Xinjiang constitute a “genocide” and a crime against humanity. Following this move by the U.S. Congress, the parliaments of Canada and the Netherlands, which fired the first shots in Europe, have passed resolutions finding China’s actions in Xinjiang to be genocide. The current Biden administration’s Secretary of State, John Blinken, has echoed this statement.

Even so, the Chinese government has denied it on international platforms. At the UN Human Rights Council, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stated on the 22nd that “genocide, forced labor and religious oppression have never existed” in Xinjiang.