China defends human rights record during historic UN commissioner visit
Shannon Longworth: China has an opportunity to set the record straight about its treatment of ethnic minorities.
Chinese President Xi Jinping held a video call today with the U-N high commissioner for human rights.
Michelle Bachelet | U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights: “It is a priority to engage with the government of China directly, to see how we can collaborate on human rights issues domestically, regional and global, for development, peace and security to be sustainable locally and across borders human rights have to be at the core.”
Shannon Longworth: The call was part of a six-day trip to China.
The first time a U-N Human Rights Chief has been to the country in 17 years.
The trip also comes on the heels of a leak of thousands of photos from the city where Uyghurs have been detained for expressing faith.
The Chinese government has been accused of human rights abuses against Uyghurs and other ethnic groups in the region.
The U-S has criticized the trip, saying officials won’t get an accurate portrayal of what’s going on.
MAY 24, 2022: WASHINGTON: “Based on our understanding of the planned restrictions that she will be subjected to during the visit. We have no expectation that the PRC will grant the necessary access required to conduct a complete unmanipulated assessment of the human rights environment in Xinjiang. We think it was a mistake to agree to a visit under these circumstances.”