The UN must conduct an ‘international independent investigation’ into Uighur abuse

Human Rights Watch Australian Director Elaine Pearson says the United Nations “can’t keep waiting” for China to be transparent about the human rights abuses against the Uighurs as a new report calls for an independent international investigation. “What’s new about this report is we believe these abuses are widespread, are systematic, are the persecution of a group of people, their lives, their religion, their culture, and so that really extends to crimes against humanity,” she told Sky News. “We think when crimes this serious are being committed there really needs to be accountability for these crimes and given that these crimes are sponsored by the Chinese state we really need to see UN action.” Ms Pearson says the Chinese government is paying attention to “trying to whitewash its abuses” and the UN needs to do more than issue a statement of concern. “There have been a number of UN statements by concerned governments … but what we haven’t seen from the UN is … an international independent investigation and so we think the UN can’t keep waiting.”

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