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UN Rights Chief Admits Her Trip to China Faced ‘Limitations’

  • Michelle Bachelet says she was unable to meet detained Uyghurs
  • Human rights groups say Beijing had too much control of visit
Michelle Bachelet addresses the press on June 13.
Michelle Bachelet addresses the press on June 13.Photographer: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said she was unable to visit detained Uyghurs and that she was accompanied by authorities while visiting Xinjiang, remarks that raise questions about the Chinese government’s efforts to influence her trip.

“I was not able to speak to any Uyghurs currently detained or their families during the visit,” Bachelet told a meeting of the Human Rights Council on Wednesday, adding that the visit to China faced “limitations, especially given the prevailing Covid restrictions.”