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UN rights chief told to ‘respect’ sovereignty
September 12, 2018
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BEIJING: China on Tuesday called for UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet to respect its sovereignty, after she urged it to allow monitors into the restive far western region of Xinjiang and expressed concern about the situation there.

China has said Xinjiang faces a serious threat from hardliner militants and separatists who plot attacks and stir up tension between the mostly Muslim Uighur minority who call the region home and members of the ethnic Han Chinese majority.

Last month, a United Nations rights panel said it had received credible reports that up to one million ethnic Uighurs may be held in extra-legal detention in Xinjiang, and called for them to be freed.

In Bejing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang signalled that China did not want the United Nations to get involved.

“China urges the UN human rights high commissioner and office to scrupulously abide by the mission and principles of the UN charter, respect China’s sovereignty, fairly and objectively carry out its duties, and not listen to one-sided information,” he told a daily news briefing.

The government has previously blamed anti-China forces for being behind criticism of its policies in Xinjiang.

During the past two years, authorities have dramatically stepped up security and surveillance there, likened by critics to near martial law conditions, with police checkpoints, re-education centres and mass DNA collection.

Bachelet’s appeal for access came as New York-based Human Rights Watch said the Turkic Uighur minority faced arbitrary detentions, daily curbs on religious practice and “forced political indoctrination” in a mass security crackdown.

Reuters

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