The US accuses China of’restricting and manipulating UNHR chief Bachelet’s visit

The US Department of State issued a statement in response to widespread criticism of the former UN Chief’s recent China visit, which ended yesterday.

The rare visit to China was criticised by human rights groups and Western countries. They worry that Beijing will use the trip as an endorsement of their rights record.

The United States expressed concerns over recent restrictions by the Chinese government on visits to various regions of China, alleging that this limits a complete and independent assessment of human rights violations in the country.

The US Department of State said that Bachelet’s six-day China visit was not an investigation. During her meetings, she spoke frankly and with candor with the Chinese officials.

The United States is criticized China for restricting and manipulating Michelle Bachelet and her team.

We are concerned that the human rights abuses in China went unquestioned. Though we complete our human rights assessment of China, the conditions Beijing imposed on the visit cannot be questioned or corroborated.

The U.S. federal government reports that the Chinese are secretive about living conditions and whereabouts of people in Xinjiang.

The high commissioner should be able to meet with Uyghur community members who are not detained.

The statement said the High Commissioner was prevented from have access to people.

The United States is deeply concerned about the human rights situation in China and is particularly concerned about reports of arbitrary detentions among the one million people detained in Xinjiang.

Survivors and family members of detainees have described cruel treatment that shocks the conscience, including torture, forced sterilization and the separation of children from their parents.

The US urged China to respect the human rights of Tibetans, those living in Hong Kong, and all others who seek to peacefully exercise their human rights.

China has been asked to release those unjustly detained and allow independent investigators to enter the country.

The United Nations human rights chief urges China to reevaluate their counter-terrorism policies

Many human rights groups have raised concerns about legislation concerning terrorism and radicalism that contradicts international standards. The UN shares these concerns and is glad to receive a statement from Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

A recent leak of Chinese government records highlights the country’s plans to suppress and punish Uyghurs, an ethnic minority in Xinjiang. The leak provides confidential documents, including speeches by high-ranking Chinese officials outlining these plans. UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet had just arrived in Xinjiang when the leak occurred.