Recently (and finally), the United Nations has released a report condemning China’s treatment of Uyghurs. Given China’s clout within the UN, its strenuous PR and lobbying campaigns, and its ability to intimidate scholars and witnesses, the report’s release was delayed for months.
Finally, in the final few minutes of UN human rights commissioner Michelle Bachelet’s term, the report was released. The report strongly condemned China’s actions and called for “urgent attention” from the UN, validating years of warnings by watchdogs, observers, and activists worldwide.
This one report by itself may not change the terrible situation on the ground for the Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang province, but nothing will change without first telling the truth. As one article in the Associated Press noted, “That the report was released was in some ways as important as its contents.”
Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, was himself a witness to the internment of untold millions in the former USSR. He put it this way, “The simple step of a simple courageous man is not to partake in falsehood.… One word of truth shall outweigh the whole world.”
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