UN / UYGHURS AND TURKIC MUSLIM MINORITIES XINJIANG

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United States ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said her country would continue “standing up and speaking out until China’s government stops its crimes against humanity and the genocide of Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 12 MAY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, flags outside UN headquarters

12 MAY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“In Xinjiang, people are being tortured. Women are being forcibly sterilized. There are incredible reports, and credible reports, that many Uyghur people and other ethnic and religious minorities – who only wish to practice basic freedoms of religion, belief, expression, and movement – are being forced to work until they drop, manufacturing clothes and goods at the behest of the state.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

3. Wide shot, UN flag outside headquarters

12 MAY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“We will keep standing up and speaking out until China’s government stops its crimes against humanity and the genocide of Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang. And we will keep working in concert with our allies and our partners until China’s government respects the universal human rights of all its people.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

5. Wide shot, UN flag outside headquarters

12 MAY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch:
“Human Rights Watch recently found that this combination of atrocities amounts to the crime against humanity of persecution; a deliberate effort to deny of the most fundamental rights the people of this regions, the Uyghur and other Turkic Muslims in order to snuff out their culture and their religion. Now the Chinese Government claims that this is about fighting terrorism, but frankly Beijing doesn't even pretend that this is a targeted effort. This sweeping broad-based persecution is a blatant attack on Islam and on Uyghur culture. Terrorism is a feeble pretext.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

7. Wide shot, UN flag outside headquarters

12 MAY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Agnès Callamard, Secretary General, Amnesty International:
“The silence, fear and timidity of the OHCHR and the UN Secretariat are frankly unacceptable and a breach of their mandate, as are the silence of many states. My plea to you – to the states that may not be in the room but hopefully will listen to that – do not let China's portrayal of critics define your motivation. Supporting a multilateral response to what is happening in Xinjiang is not about picking a side in a fight with China or supporting the US or anyone else. It is about fighting for human rights, and for a human rights and international system that is working for everyone.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

9. Close up, UN flag outside headquarters

12 MAY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Guo Jiakun, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations:
“China has nothing to hid on Xinjiang. Xinjiang is always open. Over 1,200 diplomats, journalists, scholars from over 100 countries have visited Xinjiang in the past year. We welcome everyone to visit Xinjiang, but we oppose any kind of investigation based on lies and with the presumption of guilt, which no sovereign state could accept. Xinjiang is a beautiful, peaceful and prosperous place. Your attempt of using Xinjiang to contain China is doomed to fail.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

11. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

STORYLINE:

United States ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said her country would continue “standing up and speaking out until China’s government stops its crimes against humanity and the genocide of Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang.”

Speaking at a virtual event co-hosted by the United States, United Kingdom and Germany and sponsored by others on the situation of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, the US ambassador said people in the region are being “tortured” and women are being “forcibly sterilized.” She said there were “credible reports that many Uyghur people and other ethnic and religious minorities – who only wish to practice basic freedoms of religion, belief, expression, and movement – are being forced to work until they drop, manufacturing clothes and goods at the behest of the state.”

Thomas-Greenfield stressed that her country would keep working in concert with its allies and partners “until China’s government respects the universal human rights of all its people.”

Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, said despite efforts to cover up what is happening in Xinjiang by the Chinese Government, the facts are increasingly known. She said more than one million people have been detained and forced to renounce their culture, adding that forced labour was increasingly being used.

Roth said, “Human Rights Watch recently found that this combination of atrocities amounts to the crime against humanity of persecution; a deliberate effort to deny of the most fundamental rights the people of this regions, the Uyghur and other Turkic Muslims in order to snuff out their culture and their religion. Now the Chinese Government claims that this is about fighting terrorism, but frankly Beijing doesn't even pretend that this is a targeted effort. This sweeping broad-based persecution is a blatant attack on Islam and Uyghur culture. Terrorism is a feeble pretext.”

Amnesty International Secretary General Agnès Callamard said detainees in so-called re-education facilities have been subjected to various forms of torture, ill-treatment, political indoctrination and forced cultural assimilation. She said he Chinese Government's policies and practices violate multiple human rights, and these abuses are carried out in a widespread and systematic manner.

Callamard underscored that the gravity of the situation is further evident in China's threats and intimidation against anyone who questions, reports on, or denounces the situation in Xinjiang.

She said China's economic might is being put to use to increase support by other member states as they seek to deny the human rights violations in Xinjiang and ensure that no accountability is demanded from it has a Permanent Member of the Security Council.

The head of Amnesty International said, “The silence, fear and timidity of the OHCHR and the UN Secretariat are frankly unacceptable and a breach of their mandate, as are the silence of many states. My plea to you – to the states that may not be in the room but hopefully will listen to that – do not let China's portrayal of critics define your motivation. Supporting a multilateral response to what is happening in Xinjiang is not about picking a side in a fight with China or supporting the US or anyone else. It is about fighting for human rights, and for a human rights and international system that is working for everyone.”

Joining the meeting briefly, Chinese representative Guo Jiakun said his Government joined the meeting to tell the truth and stressed that the participation does not mean in any way that China recognizes the event.

He said the issue is not about human rights in Xinjiang, rather it was about using the autonomous region as a political tool to contain China.

Guo said the US and some of its allies make a presumption of guilt and then fabricate the so-called evidence as was the case with Iraq, Syria and Libya. He said the so-called genocide or slavery system claimed to be occurring in Xinjiang are lies of the century which never happened and will never happen in China.

The Chinese representative said, “China has nothing to hid on Xinjiang. Xinjiang is always open. Over 1,200 diplomats, journalists, scholars from over 100 countries have visited Xinjiang in the past year. We welcome everyone to visit Xinjiang, but we oppose any kind of investigation based on lies and with the presumption of guilt, which no sovereign state could accept. Xinjiang is a beautiful, peaceful and prosperous place. Your attempt of using Xinjiang to contain China is doomed to fail.”
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