BY Manoj Rijal, NEW YORK:- US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield has said that the US will continue towards ensuring human rights of the minority Uyghur population of China and speak out against Chinese government’s genocide of the Uyghurs.
“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,” Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield said. “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.”
The US Ambassador to the UN said the Universal Declaration of Human Rights begins with the word “universal” for a reason.
“Indeed, the foundational unit of the United Nations – from the first sentence of the Charter – is not just the nation state. It is also the human being. Today, we have heard – and will continue to hear – how the rights of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang are being abused and violated to the extreme. The victims of these abuses aren’t just victims. They are heroes, whose strength and bravery should serve as an example to all,” she said.
Recalling a moment when the Ambassador spoke with a brother of a Uyghur detainee, she said the detention has made the model citizen a shadow of his former self.
“Yesterday, I spoke to Rayhan Asat, whose brother Ekpar is one of the more than one million Uyghur people who have been detained in Xinjiang. Before his detention, Ekpar was held up as a model citizen, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist dedicated to helping older people and people with disabilities. In the latest video Ekpar’s family has seen, he looks gaunt – a shadow of his former self. He is just one of many victims of the atrocities in Xinjiang,” Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield said.
Highlighting the plight of Uyghurs, the Ambassador said people are being tortured and women are being forcibly sterilized in Xinjiang.
“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,” the Ambassador said.
Citing a report of the New York Times, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield said China wants to break the lineage, connections and origins of the Uyghurs.
“The New York Times reported that the goal is to – as one official put it – ‘break their lineage, break their roots, break their connections, and break their origins’. Rayhan reminded me that this violence doesn’t just dehumanize the people it’s inflicted upon – it also dehumanizes anyone who stands by and let it happen,” she said, as she was addressing a high-level virtual event co-hosted by the US on the situation in Xinjiang.
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