UN rights chief in China: walking a tightrope between engagement and risk


June 1, 2022

Peter Irwin, advocacy and communications director for the US-based Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), told SWI swissinfo.ch before Bachelet ended her visit that his organisation had “no expectation that the visit will yield positive results, unfortunately. It is absolutely clear that no Uyghur in the region is in a position to speak openly about the abuses they face”.

He said he hoped that, given the recent media publication of hacked Chinese police files with chilling photos of Uyghur internees, Bachelet would use the visit to ask direct questions of Chinese officials. “If you’re not able to speak with the affected population, the least you can do is challenge the government on the mountains of evidence that exist pointing to genocide and crimes against humanity,” he told swissinfo.ch.

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