International lawmakers urge UN report on Xinjiang before the Beijing Olympics

Parliamentarians from 20 countries are calling on the United Nations Human Rights Department to publish a long-awaited report on Beijing’s human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region by February 4, when the 2022 Winter Olympics begin.

“As the world’s attention is directed to Beijing towards the start of the Winter Olympics, it is of utmost importance that the Chinese government be held to explain its actions. [Xinjiang]According to a letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.

They add: “By doing so, no country will send a strong signal that it will not exceed scrutiny or international law.”

Parliamentarians are members of the Japan Parliamentary Alliance (IPAC) and announcement Among the signatories are Reinhard Butikofer, a member of the European Parliament in Germany, who is co-chair of the alliance, and James Patterson, a member of the Australian Senate. Others who signed the letter include Indian politician Sujeeth Kumar and British lawmaker Iain Duncan Smith.

Legislators said the report has been postponed for a long time since about 50 independent UN human rights experts, including the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and the Tibetan region, expressed concern about “suppression of China’s fundamental freedoms.” ..Experts too Called To establish a fair and independent UN mechanism to monitor the human rights situation in China.

Bashlet, who spoke at the Human Rights Council in Geneva last September, Said She regretted that her office was unable to report on the progress of “seeking meaningful access” to Xinjiang.

Three months later, her office assessed the situation in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the coming weeks, despite “no concrete progress” in proposing a visit with Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials. Said to make a final decision.

“We cannot allow the Chinese government to” sports wash “the atrocities taking place in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, as the world’s attention is directed to Beijing for the Games,” the IPAC announced. rice field.

“It’s time for the commissioner to publish a report and start revealing what’s really happening in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region,” Butikofer added.

Bashle’s office should issue a report “without further delay,” 18 months after UN experts issued the warning, Patterson said.

“The body exists to support human rights, but it still cannot cope with the most horrifying claims of genocide and crimes against humanity,” Patterson added.

Currently, more than one million Uighurs and a majority of other Muslim minorities are detained in camps in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, including forced sterilization, forced abortion, rape, torture, forced labor, and their families.

In January 2021, the Trump administration designated China’s policy in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region as a genocide. The Biden administration repeated the same designation three months later.

Australia, Belgium, Canada, Lithuania, the United States, and the United Kingdom are one of a group of countries that have announced diplomatic boycotts for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Recently, 243 non-governmental organizations around the world, including the Uighur Human Rights Project and the World Uyghur Congress Joint statement Call on more countries to boycott competition.

“The sight of the Olympics cannot mask the genocide,” said Omer Kanato, managing director of the Uighur Human Rights Project, according to a statement. “It’s hard to understand why everyone feels it’s even possible to celebrate international friendships and’Olympic values’ in Beijing this year. “

In January, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) And Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Chairman and Co-Chair of the Federal Executive Committee on China (CECC). , Sent a letter to Bashlet and called on her. An office for issuing reports on Xinjiang before the start of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Frank Fang


Frank Fang is a Taiwan-based journalist. He covers news in China and Taiwan. He holds a master’s degree in materials science from Tsinghua University in Taiwan.