‘Failed the test to uphold its core mission’


The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday voted against debating potential human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region against the Uyghur population.

We are disappointed that, by a narrow margin, the Council was unable to agree to hold a discussion about serious human rights concerns raised in the recent independent assessment by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that is part of a growing body of expressed concerns by credible sources,” Ambassador Michele Taylor, U.S. permanent representative to the UNHRC and co-sponsor on the motion, wrote in a statement following the vote.

“No country should be immune from a discussion at the Council,” she continued. “We will continue to work closely with our partners to seek justice and accountability for victims of human rights abuses and violations, including the Uyghurs in Xinjiang.”


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