Uighurs urge UN rights officers to ask difficult questions in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region

Uighurs urge UN rights officers to ask difficult questions in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region

Uighurs urged UN human rights officer Michelle Bachelet not to fall victim to public relations stunts as a trip to China entered a subtle new phase on Tuesday with a visit to the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

The ruling Communist Party has been accused of detaining more than a million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the Far West as part of a long-standing crackdown on security that the United States has dubbed “genocide.”

China has violently denied that claim and called it a “lie of the century.”

Bashle will visit Urumqi and Kashgar in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as part of a six-day tour.

“I hope she can ask the Chinese government where my mother is,” said Jeblanc Silemet, adding that she couldn’t contact her for four years.