US, International Lawmakers Urge UN to Launch Probe of Rights Abuses in Xinjiang

Rally held in US to raise awareness about Uyghur Muslim genocide in China. Oct 01, 2020. Photo:UAA

Nov 17, 2020

Four U.S. Congressmen have led a group of international lawmakers in calling on the head of the United Nations to appoint an expert to investigate rights abuses against ethnic Uyghurs in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

In a letter to U.N. General Secretary António Guterres dated Nov. 16, Representatives Ted Yoho and Tom Malinowski and Senators Rick Scott and Jeff Merkley called for the appointment of a Special Envoy, Special Rapporteur, or other mechanism to investigate the “growing human rights crisis” in the region, as well as to hold a special session of the Human Rights Council.

Parliamentarians from Australia, Canada, the European Union, Italy, and Switzerland—who along with the Congressmen are members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC)—also signed the letter calling for a probe into China’s policies in the XUAR. Authorities in the region are believed to have held up to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in a vast network of internment camps since early 2017.

Read the full article at Radio Free Asia

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