|Torture and forced labor in Xinjiang Province|
The UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet's report "confirms what the secretary general in Xinjiang has said so far, that human rights must be respected and that the Uyghur community needs to be respected," Guterres spokeswoman Stephane Dujarric told reporters. (2/9).
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged China Thursday to follow the recommendations of a UN report that found credible allegations of torture and forced labor in Xinjiang province.
"The UN Secretary-General sincerely hopes that the Chinese government will follow the recommendations put forward in the HCHR assessment, the High Commissioner for Human Rights," Dujarric added.
Dujarric added that Guterres was "concerned" by what he read in the report, which cited possible crimes against humanity. The long-awaited report recommended that Beijing "take swift steps to free all persons arbitrarily deprived of liberty" in the region. The report also recommended that the Chinese government "immediately repeal all discriminatory laws, policies and practices" that discriminate against Uyghurs.