CALL FROM 39 COUNTRIES TO CHINA: XINJIANG OPEN FOR IMMEDIATE REVIEW


08/10/2020




Selin ATAY-TDO- 39 countries have called on China to allow the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights and independent observers to immediately and unhindered visit to the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region on grounds of human rights violations.

Germany's UN mission shared a joint statement involving 39 countries. In the shared in a joint statement, the United States, Germany, Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Monaco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Macedonia, Norway, Palau, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom took place.

No country with a majority Muslim population, with the exception of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has signed the joint statement.

Germany's Permanent Representative to the UN, Christoph Heusgen, made a joint statement on behalf of 39 countries at the UN General Assembly. Heusgen said he was deeply concerned about human rights in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region and the developments in Hong Kong.

Heusgen called on China to respect the human rights of religious and ethnic minorities, especially in Xinjiang and Tibet. "There are serious restrictions on Uighur culture, as well as on freedom of belief, expression and movement. Uighurs and other minorities are disproportionately monitored. There are claims that forced birth control methods, including forced labor and sterilization, have been applied," Heusgen said in a statement.

Heusgen called on China to allow the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and independent observers to visit the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region immediately and unhindered, citing human rights violations. Heusgen also criticized China for failing to meet its international legal responsibilities in Hong Kong as well.

China's Permanent Representative to the UN, Zhang Jun, accused the 39 countries in question, especially the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom, of being hostile to his country. Zhang Jun dismissed the allegations of human rights abuses in Xinjiang, calling them "slander" and accusing the countries in question of meddling in their internal affairs. Zhang Jun argued that the Uighur issue was not a human rights, religious or ethnic issue, and claimed that the issue was "counterterrorism".


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