Persecution of the Uyghurs: France says it is “deeply concerned”, Washington demands that Beijing be held to account

The reactions multiply, after the publication ofa report (in English) United Nations on human rights violations in the Xinjiang region (China), in particular against the Uyghur minority. In a press release from the Quai d’Orsay, Thursday, September 1, France said to itself “deeply concerned by the conclusions of the report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights”.

The document, continues the Quai d’Orsay, “confirms the information already published in the growing number of credible reports which point to widespread and systematic violations of human rights”. The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs points to “cases of arbitrary detention, torture or cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment, enforced disappearances, forced sterilizations, sexist and sexual violence and family separation”. “France also takes note of the conclusions that some of these violations could constitute ‘international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity'”continues the spokesperson for the Quai d’Orsay.

Paris calls Beijing “to implement the recommendations of this report, as well as to put an end to human rights violations against the Uyghur populations and other persons belonging to minorities”.

China called to “be accountable”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in turn welcomed the UN report, demanding that China be held to account. “genocide”.

“This report reinforces and reaffirms our serious concerns about the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Chinese authorities” against the Uighur Muslim minority, he said in the statement. “We will continue to hold the Chinese authorities to account and call on them to release all those held in detention without justification.” continues the head of American diplomacy.

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