Wednesday May 12, 2021
Germany among critics
West accuses China of “torture” in Xinjiang
Germany, the USA and Great Britain attack China sharply at a UN conference. The United States’ UN ambassador reports on the suppression of the Uyghurs in China. The Muslim minority would be “tortured”, women would be “forced sterilized”. China rejects the allegations.
At a UN conference, Germany, the USA and Great Britain called on China to end the oppression of the Uyghur Muslim minority. At the video conference co-organized by Germany, the German UN Ambassador Christoph Heusgen called on Beijing to respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to close the detention camps in Xinjiang Province. If China has nothing to hide, it should finally grant the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights “unhindered access” to Xinjiang.
In addition to Germany, Great Britain and the USA as well as the human rights organization Human Rights Watch were involved in planning the conference. United States Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said people were “tortured” and women were “forcibly sterilized” in Xinjiang. Many Uyghurs, but also members of other religious minorities, have to work there “until they drop” in order to produce clothes and other goods on behalf of the state.
The US government will only remain silent when “the Chinese government ends its crimes against humanity and the genocide of the Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang,” added Thomas-Greenfield.
China had already sharply criticized the conference in advance and demanded that it be canceled. “This event is based on pure lies and political prejudice,” the Chinese mission to the United Nations said on Monday. Now she said the situation in Xinjiang was better than ever.
According to human rights organizations, at least one million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are detained in detention camps in Xinjiang. There they are reportedly forced to give up their religion, culture and language and in some cases also mistreated. Beijing rejects the allegations and speaks of training and work programs against extremism.