lunedì 23 maggio 2022

Xinjiang in focus as UN rights chief arrives for China visit

Allegations of human rights abuses in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region are the dominant issue on a visit by the United Nations’ top rights official that starts Monday. Michelle Bachelet’s visit is the first to China by a U.N. high commissioner for human rights since 2005, but rights groups warn it threatens to whitewash the ruling Communist Party abuses in Xinjiang. China has locked up more than a million members of its Uyghur, Kazakh and other Muslim minorities in what critics describe as a campaign to obliterate their distinct cultural identities. China says it has nothing to hide and welcomes all those without political bias to visit Xinjiang and view what it describes as a successful campaign to restore order and ethnic cohesion. (...)