lørdag 13. mars 2021

US Sec State Blinken Calls For Access to China’s Xinjiang to Probe Reports of Abuses

China should open up its borders for international monitors to probe reports of rights abuses in its Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday, amid a growing global movement that has labeled the situation there as genocide. Blinken’s remarks were delivered as part of testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about U.S. President Joe Biden’s top-level foreign policy initiatives for his administration.

“I think it would be very important, if China claims that there is nothing going on, that it gives access to the international community, to the United Nations,” Blinken said. “If they have nothing to hide, show it to us, show the world.”

Blinken said that the U.S. and other nations have an obligation to speak out against China’s policies in the XUAR and ensure they are neither importing goods from the region made with forced labor nor exporting good that can be used to further oppress minorities there. Chinese officials have said the camps are centers for “vocational training,” but reporting by RFA’s Uyghur Service and other media outlets shows that detainees are mostly held against their will in cramped and unsanitary conditions, where they are forced to endure inhumane treatment and political indoctrination.