G7 foreign ministers have pledged to resolve the Uyghur issue

The foreign ministers of the G7 countries representing the world’s largest economies, including the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom, and the special representative of the European Union met in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly to discuss pressing issues related to the global situation. did

On September 22, according to the official statement released after the meeting of the foreign ministers of the G7 countries, the G7 countries talked about 3 important issues that have an urgent impact on the world situation. These issues include the Ukrainian war, the Uyghur issue and the Taiwan issue.

The part of the statement related to the Uyghurs states: “The G7 countries welcomed the publication of the report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the assessment of the human rights situation in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. They are deeply concerned about the serious human rights violations in Xinjiang and pay particular attention to the general assessment of the report, including the fact that China’s actions may constitute “international crimes, especially crimes against humanity.”

The statement also emphasized that the G7 countries will continue to cooperate on the Uyghur issue. They emphasized the importance of the UN taking action after the report released by the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The G7 countries call on China to fully respect human rights under its own laws and international laws to which it is a signatory.”

According to William Nee, research and campaign coordinator of the human rights organization China Human Rights Protection (CHRD), the response of the G7 countries shows how important the report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is.

“This response from the G7 countries first shows how important the report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is,” he says. Because this report is a very authoritative report at the UN, it has opened the way for the international community to understand what is going on in the region, especially that crimes against humanity may be taking place. Through this report, the international community can put pressure on the UN to take action. Thus, the G7’s response explains how important the report is, and why human rights activists have been calling for it for years. On the other hand, the statement mentions the Uyghur issue together with Taiwan, which shows that the Uyghur issue is one of the most important issues in the relationship between the G7 countries and China.

President of the World Uyghur Congress, Isa Sang, said in his speech to our radio station that this statement shows that the countries that have an important influence on world politics fully understand the genocide against the Uyghurs. In his speech, “We are very hopeful that the foreign ministers of these 7 countries, which affect the world’s economic and political development, mentioned the Uyghur issue together with the war in Ukraine, which is currently the focus of the whole world. It is an event of historical importance for them to make such a statement based on the report published by the United Nations. Since the release of the report, we have called on countries to take action rather than empty rhetoric. We hope that the G7 statement will be the start of this movement and we are grateful to these countries.”

The statement outlines the positions of the G7 countries on Russia and China. The statement first strongly condemned Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, and explained the threat this war poses to the world’s political stability, energy and food security.

Then the G7 countries’ threat to the China-Taiwan Strait was mentioned, and it was emphasized that the G7 countries are against the unilateral and forced change of the status of the Taiwan Strait.

In a subsequent statement, the aforementioned comments of the G7 countries on the human rights situation of the Uyghurs were presented.

Mr. William Nye said that the G7 countries now have a deep understanding of the situation of the Uyghurs, so they should play a leading role in the UN. He said: “After the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights was released on September 7, UN experts issued a statement based on the findings of the report and explained the steps to be taken. They suggested that a special meeting should be convened at the UN Human Rights Council, a group of experts should report on China’s human rights record, and a special committee on China issues should be appointed by the UN General Assembly or the Secretary General. I think the G7 countries should put pressure on the UN to make these demands come true.”

He added: “Of course, this statement shows that the G7 countries have a deep understanding of the situation of the Uyghurs.” The question now is how much action they will take. Now the crisis in Ukraine is getting very tense, so these countries are focusing more attention on it. But still, China’s support for Russia this time and its deep cooperation with it have fundamentally changed the views of the G7 countries on China.

Dr. Free Ekram, a teacher at Turkey’s Hajetpa University and a strategy expert, believes that one of the three most important issues discussed by the G7 foreign ministers at the meeting is the Uyghur issue, which shows the determination of these countries to resolve the crimes against humanity faced by the Uyghurs and to pass a resolution against China on this issue. .

Indeed, the 51st session of the UN Human Rights Council is currently turning into a fierce battleground between Western democracies and China and its supporters over the Uyghur issue. China is working hard to prevent any resolution at the UN Human Rights Council, including a proposal to establish an independent commission of inquiry against China on the Uyghur issue.

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