China Asks UN to ‘Respect’ its Sovereignty After Body Decries Treatment of Minorities

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United Nations (UN) human rights chief Michelle Bachelet. — AFP

United Nations (UN) human rights chief, while decrying China’s ongoing crackdown on mostly Muslim minority, called on Beijing to permit the UN rights office access to “all regions” of China and embark on a discussion of the issues.

BEIJING (AFP) — China on Tuesday told the new United Nations (UN) human rights chief to respect its sovereignty after she called for access to its regions following “deeply disturbing” allegations of mass detentions of Muslim minorities.

Michelle Bachelet decried China’s ongoing crackdown on the mostly Muslim Uighur minority in her first remarks as head of the UN rights watchdog in Geneva on Monday.

“China urges the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and its office to strictly abide by the mission and principles of the UN Charter to respect China’s sovereignty,” said foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.

China has long imposed draconian restrictions on the lives of Muslim minorities in its Xinjiang region in the name of combating terrorism and separatism, with police measures intensifying in recent years.

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