The State Department criticized an impending visit by the United Nations Czar to China's counterterrorism campaign as "highly inappropriate" after it became known that the official was traveling to a province where ethnic Muslims were exposed to persecution for their religious beliefs Government.
The United Nations is under constant criticism of approaching China. The United Nations has allowed Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office on Counter-Terrorism, to visit Xinjiang to approximately one million persecuted Uighur and ethnic Muslims. Foreign Ministry spokesman Morgan Ortagus said Deputy Foreign Secretary John Sullivan on Friday called on United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres "to raise deep concern" over Vornonkov's planned visit to Xinjiang, China.
"The deputy secretary said such a visit was highly inappropriate given the unprecedented repression campaign in Xi Njiang against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and other Muslims. "
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Ortagus continued, "The deputy secretary noted that Beijing continues to call its repression campaign against Uyghurs and other Muslims legitimate counter-terrorism efforts, if it does not, and emphasized that the top one United Nations Counter-Terrorism Agency proposes to endanger the reputation and credibility of the United Nations in the fight against terrorism and human rights by believing these false claims.
The Deputy Secretary pleaded for unchecked and unhindered access by United Nations human rights officers to all camps and detainees in Xinjiang. "
China has been subject to increasing scrutiny of its detention centers, which house about 1 million Muslims in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang.
A recent country report on human rights practices in China recently published in the State Department said:" Members of the minority of the Uighur Ethnic Group reported systematic torture and other degrading treatment. Survivors said the authorities were exposed to individuals In April, Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, was criticized for not visiting the Uygur question directly with President Xi Jinping. Instead, his spokesman told reporters that he had discussed the situation in Xinjiang with "Chinese authorities."
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China's new ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva confirmed to reporters this week that China is the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, invited to visit the camps in the area. Her spokeswoman told the Associated Press that her office was negotiating "unrestricted access" to the journey.
Last month, during a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Switzerland, UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer spoke out against China's continuing objections and described the conditions under which ethnic Muslims lived.
"The surveillance and oppression in Xinjiang has increased dramatically," he said. "Biometric data is collected by local residents, passports confiscated and religious activities restricted. China forbids long beards, public prayers and Muslim veils.
Despite its human rights abuses, China is a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
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] The Trump administration withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council last June. Nikki Haley, then-US Ambassador to the United Nations, said the council was "a protector of human rights violators and a dead-end political bias."
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