On Tuesday, the United States of America and 22 other nations at the United Nations has called out China to stop detaining ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims, prompted Chinese envoy to warn that it was not “helpful” for trade discussions between Washington and Beijing.
China has been broadly criticized for setting up complexes in remote Xinjiang that it termed as “vocational training centres” to stamp out extremism and offer new skills to people. The United Nations claims at least one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims have been arrested.
Chinese UN Ambassador Zhang Jun told sources that “it’s hard to imagine that on the one hand you are trying to seek to have a trade deal, on the other hand you are making use of any issues, especially human rights issues, to blame the others.”
He continued that there was “progress” in the trade discussions. But said of the US condemn of China at the UN, “I do not think it’s helpful for having a good solution to the issue of trade talks.”
The Uighurs are a majority in the Xinjiang Province, which is situated in the western part of China and is designed officially as an autonomous region.
Several international human rights organizations have alleged China of cracking down on the Uighurs by sending them to mass detention centres, interfering in their religious activities and also sending the minority community to undergo some form of forceful indoctrination or re-education.
In August, the United Nations human rights panel had expressed sorrow concerns that there were credible reports that China is holding over a million Uighur Muslims in mass detention centres in Xinjiang Province.
Britain UN Ambassador Karen Pierce has delivered a joint statement at the United Nations General Assembly on behalf of 23 stated including Australia, America, France, Japan, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, Norway, New Zealand, and Sweden.
Pierce continued, “We call on the Chinese Government to uphold its national laws and international obligations and commitments to respect human rights, including freedom of religion or belief, in Xinjiang and across China.”
The nation urges China to immediately implement suggestions by the independent UN experts over the situation in Xinjiang, including “by refraining from the arbitrary detention of Uighurs and members of other Muslin communities.”
The joint criticism by the nations have prompted Zhang Jun “It’s hard to image that on the one hand, you are trying to seek to have a trade deal, on the other hand you are making use of any issues, especially human rights issues, to blame the others,” while there had been “progress” in trade discussions, he noted the US criticism of Chinese actions in Xinjiang.
He further stated, “I do not think it’s helpful for having a good solution to the issue of trade talks.”
China wasn’t been left out totally, fifty-four nations including Russia, Bolivia, Pakistan, Serbia, Egypt, and the Democratic Republic of Congo had praised Beijing’s respect and protection of rights while dealing with de-radicalization and counter-terrorism in Xinjiang.
Belarus UN Ambassador Valentin Rybakov has addressed the United Nations General Assembly Rights Committee on behalf of these nations, “now safety and security have returned to Xinjiang and fundamental human rights of people of all ethnic groups there are safeguards.”