August 19, 2022

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U.S. lawmakers want UN report on Xinjiang ahead of Beijing Olympics

U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday urged UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to release a report on Xinjiang’s treatment of Uyghurs before the start of the Beijing Winter Olympics, which crystallizes tensions between China and the West.

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The release of the statement ahead of the Olympics, scheduled for Feb. 4-20, “reaffirms the fact that no country is above the law and international law,” pleads two Democrats elected as chairman of a congressional committee dedicated to China, Senator Jeff Merkley and elected official James McGovern.

Michelle Bachelet, who heads the High Commission, has been asking Beijing for years to have “meaningful and unrestricted access” to Xinjiang, but such a visit is not yet possible.

In mid-December, a spokesman for the High Commissioner indicated that a statement could be issued “in a few weeks”.

But human rights lawyers say the UN.

Many human rights groups have accused Xinjiang of keeping at least one million Muslims in “re-education camps”. Beijing denies this number and talks about “vocational training centers” to support employment and combat religious extremism.

The United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom have announced that they will not send official representations to the Games due to “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity and other human rights violations in Xinjiang.”

On the other hand, athletes from these countries tend to participate better in competitions.

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