China weist den Xinjiang-Bericht des UN-Rechtsbüros zurück

China weist den Xinjiang-Bericht des UN-Rechtsbüros zurück

China rejects UN legal office’s Xinjiang report

The report was almost ready for months, according to UN officials and Western diplomats. It was published just minutes before the end of Bachelet’s four-year term.


Michelle Bachelet, UN human rights chief, released the long-awaited report on alleged rights abuses in China’s western Xinjiang territory on Wednesday. Beijing refused to release the report. This report sparked a diplomatic tug-of-war with the West over the rights of the region’s Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups.

Western diplomats said the report had been almost ready for months, and UN officials claimed it was published in just minutes during Bachelet’s four-year tenure. It was surprising that the report went beyond the extensive findings of independent advocacy groups and journalists who had documented human rights concerns in Xinjiang for many years.

Bachelet’s report is supported by the United Nations and its member states. His release was followed by a heated debate on China’s influence in the international body. This prompted much discussion and illustrated the at-times diplomatic tensions between Beijing and the West over human rights.

China’s UN released the news hours before it was due. Zhang Jun, China’s ambassador, said Beijing was firmly opposed to the release.

Zhang said that although they haven’t seen the report yet, we are absolutely against such a document, believing it will bring no good to anyone. Zhang spoke to reporters from outside the Security Council. We have repeatedly expressed our disagreement with this report to the High Commissioner and others on numerous occasions.

He said: We all know that the so-called Xinjiang problem is an entirely fabricated problem for political motives, and its purpose is certainly to undermine China’s stability and hamper China’s development.

Bachelet said she had been under pressure from both sides to release the report over the past few months. She resisted the pressure and walked a fine line while citing her experience of political coercion during her two terms as Chile’s president.

Bachelet said in June that she would not seek another term as rights chief and that the report would be available until her departure on August 31. Back-channel campaigns increased dramatically, with letters pouring in from civil society, civilians and governments on both sides of this issue. Last week she suggested her office might miss the deadline and said it was trying to clear it before she left.