China has urged United Nations member states not to attend an event scheduled for next week by Germany, the United States and Britain on the crackdown on Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang, according to a note released Friday by Reuters.
“This is a politically motivated event,” China’s UN mission wrote in a note dated Thursday. “We ask your mission NOT to participate in this anti-China event. “
China accused the organizers of the event, which also include several other European states, as well as Australia and Canada, of using “human rights issues as a political tool to interfere in internal affairs. from China like Xinjiang, to create divisions and turmoil and disrupt China’s development. ”
“They are obsessed with provoking the confrontation with China,” the note said, adding that “the provocative event can only lead to more confrontation.”
The Chinese mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The ambassadors of the United States, Germany and Great Britain are scheduled to address the virtual UN event on Wednesday, alongside Human Rights Watch executive director Ken Roth and the secretary general of Amnesty International, Agnes Callamard.
The aim of the event is to “discuss how the United Nations system, member states and civil society can support and defend the human rights of members of Turkish ethnic communities in Xinjiang,” according to an invitation.
Western states and rights groups have accused authorities in Xinjiang of detaining and torturing Uyghurs in camps, which the United States has called genocide. In January, Washington banned the import of cotton and tomato products from Xinjiang over allegations of forced labor.
Beijing denies the charges and describes the camps as vocational training centers to fight religious extremism.
Beijing has been trying for years to silence governments, but this strategy has failed miserably as more states step forward to express horror and revulsion at China’s crimes against Uyghurs and others Turkish Muslims, ”said UN Human Rights Watch director Louis Charbonneau. Friday.
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