U.N. rights boss decries violations in China's Xinjiang

"Activists, lawyers and human rights defenders - as well as some foreign nationals - face arbitrary criminal charges, detention or unfair trials," Bachelet told the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

More than 600 people in Hong Kong are being investigated for taking part in protests, some under the new national security law imposed by mainland China on the former British colony, she said.

Reports about violations including arbitrary detention, ill-treatment, sexual violence and forced labor in China's Xinjiang region need independent assessment, she added.

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MICHELLE BACHELET: In the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region, information that is in the public domain indicates the need for independent and comprehensive assessment of the human rights situation. My office continues to assess the alleged patterns of human rights violations, including reports of arbitrary detention, ill-treatment, and sexual violence in institutions, coercive labor practices, and erosion of social and cultural rights. I'm confident that through our ongoing dialogue, we will find a mutually agreeable parameters for my visit to China.

In China, strong progress has been made over the last year in reducing the prevalence of COVID-19 and its severe impact on the enjoyment of a broad range of human rights. At the same time, fundamental rights and civic freedoms continue to be curtailed in the name of national security and the COVID-19 response. , Activists lawyers, and human rights defenders as well as some foreign nationals face arbitrary criminal charges, detention, or unfair trials. In the Hong Kong special administrative region, more than [? 600 ?] people are being investigated for participating in various forms of protest, some under the new national security law.