Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley called for U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to be fired on Wednesday following the official's praise of the Chinese government after her recent trip to China's northwest Xinjiang region.
Labeling the May 24 trip as a "propaganda tour" which looked "the other way on genocide," Haley singled out Bachelet for going on the six day Chinese government orchestrated tour and subsequently failing to call out what the U.S. government and others have labeled as a genocide of Uyghur Muslims.
Following the trip, Bachelet praised the Chinese government and seemingly accepted the regime's claim that the activities in Xinjiang are nothing more than anti-terrorism and de-radicalization centers.
"She touted the 'tremendous achievements' in poverty alleviation, universal healthcare, as well as China’s 'valued' support on the U.N.’s 2030 multilateral Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.
On the regime’s human rights abuses, she said that she had 'raised questions and concerns' about Xinjiang as she also appeared to accept Chinese claims that the policies were designed to tackle terrorism and radicalization," Fox News wrote.
"I encouraged the Government to undertake a review of all counter terrorism and deradicalization policies to ensure they fully comply with international human rights standards, and in particular that they are not applied in an arbitrary and discriminatory way," Bachelet stated.
The tour coincided with the publishing of a large stack of hacked files including police photos and documents confirming allegations of Beijing's campaign of repression targeting the nation's minority Uyghur population.
Passed by hackers to U.S. based German anthropologist and leading Uyghur genocide expert Dr. Adrian Zenz, the dubbed "Xinjiang police files" were authenticated and subsequently published by an array of global media sources.
The trove of data was taken from hacked servers of the Public Security Bureau into two districts of Xinjiang, France24 reports. Including speeches by the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) secretary for the region, Chen Quanguo, notes from lower officials on Xinjiang locals apprehended or under surveillance, and over 5000 photos of detained individuals, the files demonstrate the prolonged and intense concentration the Chinese regime has had on Uyghurs Muslims.
“These files show just how paranoid Chinese authorities are about alleged terrorist dangers from Uighurs – from the bottom to the top of the hierarchical ladder,” Zenz stated.
A specialist on Tibet, Zenz was led to study Xinjiang when Tibet's Beijing "strongman" Chen Quanguo was appointed head of Xinjiang in 2016 as the region's CCP secretary. Quanguo was in charge of carrying out a "pacification" program in Tibet before being moved to Xinjiang.
Zenz has become one of the main targets of Chinese propaganda due to his exposing of the Chinese regime's genocidal actions in Xinjiang. Blacklisted from China last year, Zenz has also faced attacks from pro-Beijing publications around the internet including China's largest state-run paper, the Global Times.
Zenz is a Christian and works for the US Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.
“I think it’s understandable China is attacking me, they’re actively trying to cover their tracks in Xinjiang,” Zenz admits. “But I was very surprised by the criticism I received by people who feel they have to defend Beijing.” He has found it difficult to come to terms with the deluge of hate he faces, especially since “attacking me calls into question the suffering Uighurs are facing," Zenz says, France24 reports.
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