U.N. rights chief regrets lack of access to Xinjiang

FILE PHOTO: Security guards stand at the gates of what is officially known as a vocational skills education centre in Huocheng County
FILE PHOTO: Security guards stand at the gates of what is officially known as a vocational skills education center in Huocheng County in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China September 3, 2018.REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo

September 13, 2021

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations’ rights chief lamented on Monday that efforts to gain access to China’s Xinjiang region to probe reports of serious violations against Muslim Uyghurs have not succeeded, adding that she was finalising a report on the situation.

“I regret that I am not able to report progress on my efforts to seek meaningful access to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region,” Michelle Bachelet said at the opening of the Human Rights Council on Monday in Geneva.

“In the meantime, my Office is finalising its assessment of the available information on allegations of serious human rights violations in that region, with a view to making it public.”

(Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)