GENEVA / BACHELET CHINA

15-Jun-2022 00:02:10
The High Commissioner for Human Rights said that she was unable to talk to any detained Uyghurs during her recent visit to Xinjiang, China. In anticipation of this and ahead of the visit, she met former detainees now outside the country. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / BACHELET CHINA
TRT: 02:10
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 15 JUNE 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE
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FILE - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
1. Wide shot, exterior alley of flags at Palais des Nations

15 JUNE 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE

2. Med shot, Bachelet, podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The visit was not an investigative mission, but a visit to engage with the government of China to promote the respect the protection of human rights and explore ways from my office to assist the Government to fulfill its obligation under international human rights law.”
4. Med shot, participants, conference room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The government of China accepted the visit of an advanced team from my office to allow for the preparation of my visit. The government also facilitated meetings with all institutions I had asked to meet, such as senior members of key ministries, the judiciary, business academia, and other relevant stakeholders. The government also respected my wish to hold meetings with civil society organizations. These were organized by my office without the presence of public officials.”
6. Med shot, participants, conference room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):

“As it would be true of any high-level visit which by definition is not an investigation mission, there were limitations especially given the prevailing COVID restrictions. I was accompanied by government officials throughout the visit to Xinjiang; I visited Kashgar prison plus a former so-called BETC, where I spoke to the authorities. I was not able to speak to any Uyghurs currently detained or their families during the visit. However, in anticipation of this, I did meet with some former detainees who are now outside the country and with families who have lost contact with loved ones ahead of my visit.”
8. Med shot, participants, conference room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“My visit provided an important opportunity to raise concerns directly with senior leaders and officials. It allowed me and my team to obtain certain impressions of the situation and provide ample space to ask questions and discuss issues.”
10. Various shots, conference room, participants
STORYLINE
The High Commissioner for Human Rights said that she was unable to talk to any detained Uyghurs during her recent visit to Xinjiang, China. In anticipation of this and ahead of the visit, she met former detainees now outside the country.

Addressing the Human Rights Council on Wednesday (15 June), Michelle Bachelet stressed that “The visit was not an investigative mission, but a visit to engage with the government of China to promote the respect the protection of human rights and explore ways from my office to assist the Government to fulfill its obligation under international human rights law.”

According to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the government of China accepted the visit of an advanced team from her office to allow for the preparation of her visit.

The government also facilitated meetings with all institutions Bachelet had asked to meet, such as senior members of key ministries, the judiciary, business academia, and other relevant stakeholders.

The government also respected Bachelet’s wish to hold meetings with civil society organizations.

“These were organized by my office without the presence of public officials,” she highlighted.

Bachelet also said that “there were limitations especially given the prevailing COVID restrictions,” and that government officials accompanied her throughout the visit to Xinjiang.

She visited Kashgar prison plus a former so-called BETC, where she spoke to the authorities.

She concluded, “My visit provided an important opportunity to raise concerns directly with senior leaders and officials. It allowed me and my team to obtain certain impressions of the situation and provide ample space to ask questions and discuss issues.”
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