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US Congress urges UN to release Xinjiang statement ahead of Beijing Games

US Congress urges UN to release Xinjiang statement ahead of Beijing Games

In this file photo taken on January 3, 2022, Beijing walks around the Alternative Talents (Background) Awards Ceremony at the Winter Games.

U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday called on UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to release a report on Xinjiang, a region that Washington accuses of committing genocide against China’s Uyghur Muslim minority.

The statement, issued before the start of the Games on February 4, said it would “reaffirm the fact that no country is subject to scrutiny or international law”. Committee on China.

Bachelet, Chile’s former president and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has been urging Beijing for years to have “meaningful and unrestricted access” to Xinjiang, until such a visit is possible.

In mid-December, Bachelet’s spokesman pointed out that a statement could be released “in a few weeks”.

However, human rights lawyers have called on the UN.

Several human rights groups have accused China of detaining at least one million Muslims in Xinjiang.

Beijing denies the numbers and describes the camps as “vocational training centers” to support employment and combat religious extremism.

The United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom have announced they will not send official representations to the Games due to “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity and other human rights violations in Xinjiang.”

Athletes from these countries will take part in the tournament.

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