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U.N. Finds China May Have Committed “Crimes Against Humanity” in Xinjiang

HeadlineSep 01, 2022

The United Nations has released a long-delayed report accusing China of serious human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims and other minorities that may amount to crimes against humanity. In a 45-page report released Wednesday, the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said its investigation found credible evidence of torture; forced medical treatment; violations of reproductive rights; poor prison conditions; and individual incidents of sexual and gender-based violence against Uyghurs held in Chinese mass detention camps. A Chinese Foreign Ministry official condemned the U.N. report, writing in a statement, “It is completely a politicized document that disregards facts, and reveals explicitly the attempt of some Western countries and anti-China forces to use human rights as a political tool.” The U.N. released the report after months of unexplained delays — and just minutes before Michelle Bachelet ended her four-year term as U.N. human rights commissioner. Last week, Bachelet acknowledged she came under “tremendous pressure to publish or not publish” the report.

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