The Debate on the Debate on Xinjiang at the Human Rights Council: Three Framings

Author: Aldo Zammit Borda
Published: 18.11.2022
For all the nice talk about human rights and accountability, on 6 October 2022, a majority of States at the Human Rights Council (HRC) voted against even debating – let alone investigating – the findings of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the situation in the Xinjiang, China. On 31 August 2022, minutes before her appointment as High Commissioner for Human Rights came to an end, the Office of Michelle Bachelet released its ‘Assessment of Human Rights Concerns in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region [XUAR], People’s Republic of China’. Based on original interviews and…