The UN prime human rights official mentioned Saturday that she raised considerations with Chinese language officers concerning the affect of the broad software of counterterrorism and deradicalisation measures on the rights of Uyghurs and different predominantly Muslim teams in China’s Xinjiang area.

Michelle Bachelet, who visited Xinjiang as a part of a six-day journey to China, mentioned the go to was not an investigation however a possibility to boost considerations with senior Chinese language leaders and pave the best way for extra common interactions to assist China in fulfilling its obligations underneath worldwide human rights regulation.

“It offers a possibility for me to raised perceive the state of affairs in China, but additionally for the authorities in China to raised perceive our considerations and to doubtlessly rethink insurance policies that we consider could affect negatively on human rights,” she mentioned in a video information convention on the ultimate day of her journey.

It’s unsure whether or not China’s ruling Communist Get together, which has vehemently denied all experiences of human rights violations and genocide in Xinjiang, would change its polices. Bachelet’s measured phrases, whereas anticipated, will possible not sit effectively with activists and governments resembling the USA, which have been essential of her determination to go to Xinjiang.

Bachelet, making the primary go to by a U.N. excessive commissioner for human rights to China in 17 years, mentioned she raised the dearth of impartial judicial oversight for a system of internment camps that swept up 1,000,000 or extra Uyghurs and different ethnic minorities, based on estimates by consultants.

China, which describes the camps as vocational coaching and training facilities to fight extremism, says they’ve been closed. The federal government has by no means publicly mentioned how many individuals handed by means of them.

Bachelet, who visited a jail and former heart within the Xinjiang metropolis of Kashgar, famous that this system relied on police to find out “tendencies towards extremism” and the allegations of use of drive on the facilities and unduly extreme restrictions on spiritual apply.

“It’s essential that counterterrorism responses don’t lead to human rights violations,” she mentioned. “The applying of related legal guidelines and insurance policies and any necessary measures … should be topic to impartial judicial oversight with larger transparency in judicial proceedings,” she mentioned.

Earlier than her journey, she mentioned she heard from Uyghur households dwelling overseas which have misplaced contact with their family members. In her conferences in China, she mentioned she raised numerous particular instances and appealed to authorities to take steps to offer info to households as a matter of precedence.

“To those that have despatched me appeals asking me to boost points or instances with the authorities, I heard you,” she mentioned. “Your advocacy issues.” The U.N. and China agreed to arrange a working group to carry follow-up discussions on a variety of points, together with the rights of minorities, counterterrorism and human rights, and authorized safety, Bachelet mentioned.

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