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Long-awaited UN report on human rights abuses in Xinjiang triggers fiery Beijing response

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  • On Aug. 31, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a 48-page report that found “serious human rights violations” in the Chinese government’s crackdown on ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region.
  • OHCHR said that the extent of arbitrary detentions against Uyghur and others in the context of "restrictions and deprivation more generally of fundamental rights, enjoyed individually and collectively, may constitute international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity."
  • The report also highlighted how Chinese authorities engaged in acts of intimidation, threats and reprisals against victims and their relatives who are now living abroad and speaking about their experiences in Xinjiang.
  • “It is completely a politicized document that disregards facts, and reveals explicitly the attempt of some Western countries and anti-China forces to use human rights as a political tool,” Liu Yuyin, spokesperson for the Chinese mission to Geneva, said in a statement.
  • Meanwhile, rights advocates, foreign officials and Uyghur exiles who are looking into endorsing the issue before the U.N. Human Rights Council this month have welcomed the report.
  • “Despite the Chinese government’s strenuous denials, the U.N. has now officially recognized that horrific crimes are occurring,” said Uyghur Human Rights Project Director Omer Kanat.

A United Nations report accusing China of committing grave human rights abuses in Xinjiang has triggered a fiery response from Beijing. 

On Wednesday, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a 48-page report that found “serious human rights violations” in the Chinese government’s crackdown on ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region.