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Xinjiang Scholars Urge UN Rights Chief to Finish China Study

  • Experts take issue with language Bachelet used on visit
  • Xinjiang has become major source of tension in US-China ties
A security guard watches from a guard tower around a detention facility in Yarkent County, in northwestern China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on March 21, 2021. 

A security guard watches from a guard tower around a detention facility in Yarkent County, in northwestern China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on March 21, 2021. 

Photographer: Ng Han Guan/AP Photo
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A group of prominent Xinjiang scholars is demanding that a long-awaited United Nations report on China’s alleged human rights abuses in the region incorporate their views and be published without further delay.

In an open letter dated June 3, almost 40 scholars based outside of China said they were “deeply concerned” over the recent trip by UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet to Xinjiang in late May. The authors said the former Chilean president’s statement on the visit “ignored and even contradicted” academic findings presented by experts on the region.