Swiss Foreign Ministry summoned Chinese Ambassador Wang Shihting over report on crimes against Uighurs
The Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Chinese Ambassador Wang Shihting to express concern about the content of the report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on crimes against Uighurs in Xinjiang. This was stated by the press secretary of the Swiss Foreign Ministry Pierre-Alain Eltschinger, RIA Novosti writes.
“Switzerland has regularly expressed its serious concern about the rights of ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang and therefore welcomed the publication of this report on September 1, 2022,” the representative of the ministry said.
On September 1, the Human Rights Office accused the Chinese authorities of serious violations of the rights of Uighurs and members of other predominantly Muslim communities. The relevant report states that “allegations of torture or ill-treatment, including forced treatment and poor conditions of detention, are credible, as are allegations of individual cases of sexual and gender-based violence.”
In 2021, the Newlines Institute analytical center reported that the Chinese authorities violated each of the prohibitions of the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide. The organization stressed that what is happening to Uighur Muslims and other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang Uygur region of China can be considered extermination, the statement said.