China applauds UN human rights chief for whitewashed genocide

Chinese state media applauded UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Sunday for failing to investigate China’s human rights abuses in the Uyghur region China calls Xinjiang during her visit.

The Communist Party of China was delighted that Bachelet decided to follow his assistants and refrained from commenting on the genocide of Uyghur Muslims. Human rights activists and Uighur refugees have been far less happy.

The Chinese state Global times On Sunday he cheerfully reported that Bachelet focused on China’s “outstanding achievements” in poverty reduction, but spoke little of Uighurs other than publicizing her “direct discussions with China’s top leaders on human rights.”

For what concern Global times she was concerned, Bachelet’s whitewash of the Uyghur genocide was a complete success, and her organized visit showed that reports of concentration camps and forced labor are just “conspiracy theories”:

As for the Xinjiang-related topics that attracted a lot of attention from the outside world, Bachelet visited Kashi, Urumqi and other places, walked the cotton fields and attended an exhibition on the theme of counter-terrorism and de-radicalization. During his visit to Xinjiang, he also had discussions and exchanges with people from all walks of life such as ethnic minorities, experts and scholars. At the press conference, Bachelet specifically pointed out that his talks were conducted unsupervised.

This development euphemistically responds to conspiracy theories that have been deliberately created by US and Western public opinion for some time. Before the start of Bachelet’s visit to China, the US, UK and other countries raised “questions” based on the presumption of guilt, claiming that the High Commissioner’s visit was “a mistake”. After Bachelet honestly and objectively recounted his experience and the details of his stay in China at the press conference, some stubborn Westerners still turned a blind eye to all of this. The US State Department even takes the initiative by expressing its “concerns” and its feeling of being “troubled”, and has accused China of limiting and manipulating Bachelet’s visit. He also re-presented his previous tailored lies about the Xinjiang region.

The Global times has long rambled on how Beijing’s tyranny simply used rational and legal techniques to “crack down on terrorist activities” in Xinjiang, which its inhabitants refer to as East Turkistan, creating a happy province that is now “free from violent terrorism.”

“In recent years, the US-led West compiled the so-called Missing Persons List and, invoking the rhetoric of ‘concentration camps’ and other historical memories of the people of Western countries, had forcibly imposed the labels of’ genocide ‘and’ forced labor ‘in Xinjiang, ” the Global times he snorted. “The more their lies are exaggerated, the more likely they will be exposed. In fact, anyone who has been to Xinjiang can see the absurdity of the US and the West in demonizing the region. “

File / President of Chile Michelle Bachelet (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the welcome ceremony for the Belt and Road Forum, at the International Conference Center on May 15, 2017 in Yanqi Lake, north of Beijing, China. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara-Pool / Getty Images)

The Chinese Communist newspaper went even further and claimed that Bachelet’s visit proved that China is superior to the free world in human rights, and his helpful comments simply erased the testimony of all Uyghur concentration camp survivors, all those satellite photos of huge camps scattered across Xinjiang. The editorial ended by mocking the idea that someone would believe the word of some mutilated Uyghurs over that of the UN human rights chief.

by Bachelet declaration when he left, China was weak and overly deferential towards its Chinese hosts, but it wasn’t quite Xinjiang’s all-round approval as a merry Munchkinland of post-evil witches that Chinese propagandists claim.

First, Bachelet clearly stated that his visit was not an “investigation” and should not be described as such. He said his main goal was to meet with Chinese officials and voice concerns from the UN Human Rights Commission.

“Official visits by a High Commissioner are high-profile by nature and simply do not favor the kind of detailed, methodical and discreet investigative work,” he noted.

As the Global times Bachelet reportedly praised China expansively for reducing extreme poverty and making progress on “gender equality”.

BEIJING, CHINA - NOV 12: Chilean President Michelle Bachelet (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping inspect Chinese paramilitaries at the Great Hall of the People on November 12, 2014 in Beijing, China.  Many leaders are in China today to attend the APEC Summit.  (Photo by Fred Dufour-Pool / Getty Images)

File / Chilean President Michelle Bachelet (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping inspect Chinese paramilitaries in the Great Hall of the People on November 12, 2014 in Beijing, China. (Fred Dufour-Pool / Getty Images)

Bachelet also eerily praised the the worst polluter in the world for taking giant steps towards “sustainable development” and celebrating the reforms of the Chinese judicial system, which is a totalitarian nightmare of black bag kidnappings, closed-door trials and long prison sentences for absurd charges such as “arguing and having created problems “.

When speaking about Xinjiang, however, Bachelet clearly stated that there were human rights problems in the region. The criticism of him was much more tenuous than Uyghur human rights groups and activists hoped, but it is. was criticism:

In the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, I raised questions and concerns about the application of anti-terrorism and de-radicalization measures and their wide application, in particular their impact on the rights of Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities. Although unable to assess the full scope of VETCs, I raised to the government the lack of independent judicial control over the functioning of the program, the use of 15 indicators by law enforcement to determine trends in extremism. violent, allegations of use of force and mistreatment in institutions and reports of unduly severe restrictions on legitimate religious practices. During my visit, the government assured me that the VETC system has been dismantled. I encouraged the government to undertake a review of all anti-terrorism and de-radicalization policies to ensure that they fully comply with international human rights standards and, in particular, that they are not applied in an arbitrary and discriminatory way.

Before coming to China, I heard from some Uyghur families who are now living abroad who have lost contact with their loved ones. In my discussions with the authorities, I asked them to take steps to provide information to families as a matter of priority.

I also share the concerns of the United Nations human rights mechanisms regarding the legitimate activities of lawyers, human rights defenders and others who are penalized in the framework of national security. The UN human rights bodies have found the residential surveillance system to be arbitrary detention and have called for its repeal.

Bachelet was also mildly critical of China brutalization of Tibet and his repression on free speech and political speech in Hong Kong. The criticism of him consisted mainly of inciting China to respect the Tibetan “cultural identity” and the “civil society” of Hong Kong that Beijing is deliberately destroying.

The president of the Uyghur World Congress Dolkun Isa She said on Saturday that Bachelet “wasted a historic opportunity to investigate the Uyghur genocide and do justice to the Uighur people”.

“The High Commissioner ruined the credibility of his office by aligning with China’s wishes and conducting a visit that did not at all adequately address justice for Uighurs and accountability for those responsible,” Isa said.

Members of the Uyghur Muslim minority present photos of their relatives detained in China during a press conference in Istanbul on May 10, 2022. (OZAN KOSE / AFP via Getty Images)

Adrian Zenz of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, which released a treasure of bombs of incriminating data from the Xinjiang police just as Bachelet was arriving in China, She said his visit was even “worse than feared” by human rights activists.

“Perhaps the worst human rights violation of our time is being treated as a matter of internal review by the author,” Zenz said, noting that Bachelet was only allowed to see sanitized and disused facilities in Xinjiang, and spoke primarily with the Chinese officials who ran them, not the Uyghurs who were imprisoned there.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken She said on Saturday he was “troubled by reports that Xinjiang residents were warned not to complain or speak out about conditions in the region” during the UN commissioner’s visit.

“While we continue to express our concerns about human rights violations in China directly with Beijing and support others who do, we are concerned that the conditions imposed by the Beijing authorities on the visit did not allow for a full and independent assessment of the environment. of human rights, “Blinken said.

“We call once again on the People’s Republic of China to immediately cease its atrocities in Xinjiang, release those who are unjustly detained, account for the missing and allow independent investigators unhindered access to Xinjiang, Tibet and throughout China.” , he has declared.

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