The UN Human Rights Council has refused to discuss China’s alleged abuses against Uyghurs in Xinjiang.

This iThe U.S. initiative follows the August 31 release of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report on Xinjiang citing possible “crimes against humanity” and “credible evidence” of torture and sexual violence.

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The UN refused on Thursday, October 6, to discuss Beijing’s alleged abuses in its Xinjiang province. A victory for China and a setback for the United States as it acknowledges the shutdown of the Human Rights Council. “This is a victory for developing countries and a victory for truth and justice.”Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying wrote on Twitter. “Human rights should not be used as an excuse to invent lies and interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.”She added.

This is the first time in the history of the top UN human rights body, which was created in 2006, that it has written a speech targeting China. The 47 member states are to say whether they agree to discuss the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China, where Beijing has been accused of crimes against humanity. Uyghurs and other members of the majority Muslim minority.

“US condemns today’s vote”Michael Taylor, US ambassador to the council, said in a tweet. “passivity” Advice “Shamefully notes that some countries have been allowed (…) to violate human rights with impunity”.

The discussion draft presented by the council’s ten member states, including the United States and the United Kingdom, was rejected by 19 countries, with 17 in favor and 11 abstaining. Beijing has received support from traditional allies such as Cuba and Venezuela, but also from Pakistan, Indonesia and Qatar, as well as several countries in Africa, a continent where China’s influence is growing.

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