The UN human rights chief announced she will not seek a second term at a UN assembly on Monday after failing to investigate the ongoing genocide against Uyghurs and other minorities. ethnicities in western China.
During a speech at the 50th regular session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, announced that this would be her last time as head. of the assembly. Bachelet rejected the suggestion that his decision to step back was linked to his failure to investigate reports of crimes against humanity and genocide committed against ethnic minorities by the Chinese government during his long-awaited trip to Xinjiang, in China, in May.
“As my term as High Commissioner draws to a close, the landmark fiftieth session of this Council will be the last I report on,” Ms. Bachelet said.
In 2021, the US State Department determined that since at least 2017, China has committed crimes against humanity and perpetrated genocide – such as arbitrary imprisonment, torture, forced labor and other human rights violations. human rights – against Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in China’s Xinjiang province. Critics like Dr. Mamtimin Ala, adviser to the East Turkestan government in exile, predicted that the UN visit to Xinjiang would be prepared by the Chinese government in order to conceal the human rights abuses from the team of ONU.
Bachelet told reporters on Monday that his decision not to seek a second term had been taken months before and had no connection to his recent visit to China, Reuters reported. (RELATED: US military almost entirely dependent on China for key minerals used in munitions: REPORT)
“Two months ago, even before going to China, I made a decision and informed my boss, the general secretary,” Bachelet said at the press conference. “So it’s unrelated.”
Bachelet’s decision to step back follows growing calls for his resignation from critics such as former UN ambassador Nikki Haley.
“Michelle Bachelet, the president of the UN Human Rights Council, should be fired for turning a blind eye to the genocide during her Chinese propaganda tour”, Haley tweeted June 1.
Critics, like Dr Adrian Zenz, a senior fellow at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, accused the UN human rights chief of whitewashing the genocide in China after Bachelet said his trip to China was n had never been intended as a May 28 investigation.
“I should say up front what this visit was — and what it wasn’t,” Bachelet said. “This visit was not an investigation – official visits by a high commissioner are by nature high profile and simply not conducive to the type of detailed, methodical and discreet work of an investigative nature. The visit was an opportunity to have direct discussions – with the most senior Chinese leaders – on human rights, to listen to each other, to raise concerns, to explore and to pave the way for more regular and meaningful interactions in the future, with a view to supporting China in fulfilling its obligations under international human rights law”.
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