Human Rights Watch, an international human rights organization, issued a statement Wednesday urging UN member states to focus on human rights issues in Xinjiang and condemning Chinese pressure on UN-related activities.
The statement called on UN member states to urge the Chinese Communist government to immediately stop crimes against humanity against Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang as part of a campaign to focus attention on human rights in the region, and to urge senior UN officials to investigate large-scale forced detentions, cultural oppression and other serious human rights violations in Xinjiang, regardless of access.
It is reported that the event focusing on human rights issues in Xinjiang, which was initiated by 18 countries including the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom, was held through the Internet on the same day. The event was attended and supported by international human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect, Global Justice Center, International Federation for Human Rights, International Service for Human Rights, and World Uighur Congress.
“In a statement, Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth said that for years, the Chinese Communist authorities have been forcing the United Nations to remain silent about the horrific human rights persecution in Xinjiang. And it is remarkable that governments around the world are now holding China accountable for its human rights violations. The UN leadership should follow the lead of these countries and condemn China’s massive violations and publicly inform them of the human rights situation in Xinjiang.
“HRW also urges governments to impose sanctions, such as travel bans, on Chinese officials responsible for serious human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and to consider domestic criminal cases under the concept of “universal jurisdiction,” so that those responsible for serious crimes abroad can be prosecuted. The “Xinjiang Human Rights Commission” also urged governments to impose sanctions such as travel bans on Chinese officials responsible for serious human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and for countries to consider domestic criminal cases under the concept of “universal jurisdiction” so that those responsible for serious crimes committed abroad can be prosecuted.