The United Nations, human rights chief announced on Monday that she would not seek a second term at a UN meeting after failing to investigate the ongoing genocide of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in western China.
Speaking at the 50th meeting of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet announced that it would be her last time to chair the meeting. Bachelet rejected the suggestion that her decision to step back was related to her failure to investigate reports of crimes against humanity and genocide committed by the Chinese government against ethnic minorities during its highly anticipated trip to Xinjiang. , China, in May.
“As my term as High Commissioner comes to an end, the milestone of the fiftieth session of this Council will be the last I will comment on,” Bachelet said.
In 2021, the United States Department of State determined that since at least 2017, China has committed crimes against humanity and genocide — such as arbitrary detention, torture, forced labor, and other human rights violations — against Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in China’s Xinjiang province. Critics, such as Dr. Mamtimin Ala, adviser to the eastern Turkish government in exile, predicted that the Chinese government would write the UN visit to Xinjiang to hide human rights violations from the UN team.
Reuters reported that Bachelet told reporters on Monday that her decision not to seek a second term had been taken months earlier and was unrelated to her recent visit to China.
“Two months ago, before I even went to China, I made a decision and informed my boss, the Secretary-General,” Bachelet said at the press conference. “So it has no relationship.”
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Bachelet’s decision to step back follows mounting calls for her resignation from critics such as former UN ambassador Nikki Haley.
“Michelle Bachelet, the head of the UN Human Rights Council, should be fired for looking the other way at genocide during her Chinese propaganda tour,” Haley tweeted on June 1.
Critics like Dr. Adrian Zenz, a senior fellow at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, accused the UN human rights head of laundering the genocide in China after Bachelet said her trip to China was never intended as an investigation on May 28.
“I’d have to say from the start what this visit was — and what it wasn’t,” Bachelet said. “This visit was not an investigation – official visits by a High Commissioner are by nature high-profile and just not conducive to the kind of detailed, systematic, discreet investigation of nature. The visit was an opportunity to have direct discussions – with China’s top leaders – on human rights, to listen to each other, raise concerns, explore and pave the way for more regular, meaningful interactions in the future, with to support China in fulfilling its obligations under international human rights law.”
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