UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet's six-day visit to China came to an end on Saturday. He said that I have requested Beijing to review its anti-terrorism policies. In a statement, the human rights chief also shared concerns about certain human rights mechanisms regarding laws and policies to combat terrorism and extremism.
"Violent acts of extremism have a serious and terrifying effect on the lives of those who have been entrusted with the security of the country, including the victims," Bachelet said. But it is imperative that counter-terrorism responses result in human rights violations. He said the visit was not an investigation, it was an opportunity to have a direct discussion.
He said the visit was also an opportunity to support China in fulfilling its obligations under international human rights law and to pave the way for dialogue. "I have expressed concern to the Chinese authorities about the impact of anti-terrorism and radicalization measures implemented on the Uighurs and other Muslim communities in the Xinjiang region of China," he said.
Michelle Bachelet, who visited China for the first time in 17 years as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that I have noted the lack of independent judicial oversight to look into the system of detention camps. According to experts, more than one million Uighurs and other ethnic minorities have been held in these detention camps.
Arrests under national security law in Hong Kong are worrying
The UN human rights chief expressed concern over the arrests of advocates, activists, and journalists in Hong Kong under alleged national security laws. China implemented this law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020. Dozens of former opposition leaders and high-profile journalists have been detained in Hong Kong under China's dictatorial law.