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Newsline: China ambassador says U.N. report ‘closed door of cooperation’

China’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva said on Friday that Beijing would not cooperate with the U.N. human rights office following the release of a report on alleged human rights abuses in the far western region of Xinjiang. “The office closed the door of cooperation by releasing the so-called assessment,” Ambassador Chen Xu told reporters, describing the report released on Aug. 31 as “illegal and invalid”. (https://www.fxempire.com/news/article/china-ambassador-u-n-report-on-xinjiang-has-closed-door-of-cooperation-1122053) The report, which China had sought to bury, stipulates that “serious human rights violations have been committed” in China and said the detention of Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang may constitute crimes against humanity. China vigorously denies any abuses in Xinjiang. The report was released minutes before outgoing High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet ended her four-year term and followed her visit to the country in May. Previously, Bachelet had been accused by some rights activists of being too soft on China although the hard-hitting report helped redeem her credibility in the eyes of some. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is currently being run by a deputy pending the arrival in Geneva of Austria’s Volker Turk who was appointed on Thursday. An OHCHR spokesperson declined to provide an immediate comment on the Chinese ambassador’s remarks.

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