After criticism over China, UN rights chief declines second time period

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The United Nations human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, indicated on Monday that she wouldn’t search a second time period, the shock announcement coming in a wide-ranging speech to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council.

Bachelet made a visit to China final month for which she was criticized by rights teams in addition to some Western governments, together with the USA, who stated circumstances Chinese language authorities imposed on the go to didn’t allow a whole and impartial evaluation of the rights atmosphere.

“As my term as high commissioner draws to a close, this council’s milestone 50th session will be the last which I brief,” she stated, with out giving a cause.

Some diplomats stated they’d anticipated Bachelet, a former president of Chile who’s seen as near U.N. Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres, to remain on after her time period expires later this 12 months. There was murmuring within the Geneva Council room when she made the announcement.

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In the identical speech, she stated her workplace was engaged on an up to date evaluation of the human rights scenario in China’s western area of Xinjiang, the place there are widespread allegations that largely Muslim Uyghur folks have been unlawfully detained, mistreated and compelled to work.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends an event at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Nov. 3, 2021.

U.N. Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends an occasion on the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Nov. 3, 2021.
(Reuters/Denis Balibouse/File)

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China denies all accusations of abuse in Xinjiang.

“It will be shared with the government for factual comments before publication,” she stated of her report, with out giving a timeline.

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