Xinjiang/human rights - France is deeply concerned about OHCHR report’s findings

China – Report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in Xinjiang - Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson

1 September 2022

France is deeply concerned about the conclusions of the report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in Xinjiang. This assessment confirms the information already published in an increasing number of credible reports which refer to widespread, systematic human rights violations, particularly cases of arbitrary detentions, torture and cruel, inhuman, degrading punishment and treatment, forced disappearances, forced sterilizations, sexist and sexual violence and family separations. France also notes the conclusions that some of these violations may constitute “international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity.”

In conjunction with its partners, France has already publicly expressed on several occasions its concerns about the tragic situation of the Uighurs. Moreover, the human rights situation in China is systematically addressed as part of a demanding dialogue whenever France and China meet bilaterally, including at the highest level.

France calls on China to implement the report’s recommendations and end the human rights violations against the Uighur population and other minority individuals.

France attaches importance to the United Nations’ continued close monitoring of the report’s conclusions.

Published on 02/09/2022

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