Human rights organizations have called on the UN Human Rights Council to take action on the Uighur issue

Six international organizations issued a joint open letter on September 15, asking the 51st session of the UN Human Rights Council, which began on September 12, to take action on the concerns of the report on the Uighur region published by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The open letter emphasized that the report, which was released late but was welcomed by Uyghur organizations and survivors worldwide, was an “important first step toward accountability.” This open letter was published in the name of 6 organizations including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Committee of Jurists, and World Uyghur Congress.

“As members and observers of the Human Rights Council, the UN’s highest human rights body, it is now your responsibility to act on the findings of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights,” said an open letter published on Amnesty International’s website on September 15.

In an open letter, the UN report concluded that the abuse “may constitute a crime against humanity” and stressed that “the situation requires the urgent attention of the UN’s intergovernmental bodies and the human rights system.”

The open letter also claims that Chinese officials have tried to undermine the authority of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, refusing to cooperate with it instead of discussing the report’s findings. The open letter emphasized that the UN should take concrete measures, including an independent international investigation, and take the necessary urgent and practical actions.

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