A UN report published the existence of forced labor in the Uyghur population

On August 16, the UN special investigator released a report on religious and ethnic groups affected by modern slave labor, saying that forced labor is being carried out against Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other minorities in Uyghur. According to the report, the UN’s “special investigator has concluded that it is reasonable to conclude that forced labor exists in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region… against Uighurs, Kazakhs and other ethnic minorities.”

The report also stated that “the special investigator found that in many cases, there were manifestations of forced labor, such as working without the consent of the affected groups,” and that “some slave labor situations may constitute crimes against humanity.”

The report of the UN special investigator was released at a time when UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet delayed the release of the UN investigation report on Uyghurs until now, prompting strong protests from Uyghur organizations and international human rights organizations. Michelle Bachelet has promised to release the report before she leaves office on August 31 this year. But two weeks before his resignation, the report has not yet been released.

The report emphasized that there are two different systems for Uyghurs, one is the vocational skills education and central training system, and the other is the poverty alleviation system through the transfer of labor force. This is the first time that a UN inspector has acknowledged the existence of forced labor in the Uighur region and linked it to a crime against humanity. Adrian Zenz, a German Uyghur scholar and a senior researcher at the Memorial of the Victims of Communism in the United States, praised the report as “a very important and powerful report.” It turns out that the UN Special Inspector General’s conclusions about the Uyghurs are based on his report to the Supreme Human Rights Council entitled “Ethnic, Linguistic and Religious Minorities Affected by Modern Forms of Slavery.”

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