Bachelet takes on China, US and Saudis

VOICE FOR THE VICTIMS: The former Chilean president came out swinging in her first speech as UN human rights boss, decrying the abuse of minorities and migrants

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 11, 2018
By: Reuters, GENEVA, Switzerland

New UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet yesterday called on China to

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet addresses the opening of the 39th Council of Human Rights meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, yesterday.  Photo: AFP

allow in monitors after “deeply disturbing” allegations of large re-education camps in which Uighurs are detained in Xinjiang Province.

Her appeal for access came as Human Rights Watch reported that the Turkic, mostly Muslim Uighur minority in Xinjiang face arbitrary detentions, daily restrictions on religious practice and “forced political indoctrination” in a mass security crackdown.

A UN rights panel, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, last month said that it had received credible reports that up to 1 million Uighurs might be being held in extra-legal detention across the province, and called for them to be freed.

China has rejected the allegations of internment camps and accused “external factors” of causing turbulence in the region.    [FULL  STORY]