50 Countries Condemn China for Rights Violations Against Uyghurs
November 1, 2022
Cited article by Deutsche Welle
HRRC joins 50 countries in calling for urgent action from the United Nations in response to the genocide, crimes against humanity, and grave human rights violations of the Uyghur people in China. China must allow Uyghurs their rights and end the brutal genocide against them and other minorities.
China has long been accused of carrying out crimes against humanity and genocide against the Uyghur Muslims in the country. Specifically, Uyghurs have been forcefully relocated to detention facilities in Xinjiang and face serious rights abuses including forced sterilization. While the government denies these activities and accuses the UN and human rights organizations of spreading disinformation, a recent UN report gave evidence of explicit ill treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.
On October 31st, 50 countries, many of them Western nations, were signatories to a statement requesting UN action against China. The statement is said to be a symbolic act as the topic had been previously shot down at the UN Human Rights Council. However, the countries continue to urge the UN to do something: "We are gravely concerned about the human rights situation in the People's Republic of China, especially the ongoing human rights violations of Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities in Xinjiang."