Congress Launches Investigation After UN Accused of Selling Out Dissidents to China

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Congress has launched an investigation into the United Nations giving names of Uyghur Muslim dissidents to the Chinese Communist Party.

Republican Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told the Washington Free Beacon that he was going to be investigating claims made by former UN official Emma Reilly that the UN put dissidents in danger.

“The U.N. was founded on protecting human rights,” McCaul said. “If this report is true, it is very troubling. We are looking into these allegations.”

Reilly provided a photo of a memorandum as evidence.

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Increased scrutiny recently on the Chinese government has come not only as a result of the coronavirus pandemic but also due to the coordinated effort to put Uyghur muslims into labor and concentration camps.

It is estimated that one million Uyghurs are detained, and many are feared dead.

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The Uyghur Human Rights Project, the leading organization spreading awareness about the persecution of Uyghurs in China, has criticized China’s role on the UN Human Rights Council.

“The Chinese government blocks UN human rights investigations, intimidates victims who try to bring cases to the UN, and uses its power and influence to exclude or limit the voice of civil society, putting pressure on UN staff to hide or suppress reports from Uyghur and Tibetan organisations,” the group said in an October news release.

Last month, New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat, and Texas Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican, put forward a bipartisan resolution to declare the persecution of Uyghur Muslims a genocide.

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“There can be no question that the People’s Republic of China is committing genocide against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang,” Menendez said in news release from the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Both sides of the aisle in United States agree that there are terrible atrocities against humanity being perpetrated in China against an ethnic and religious minority.

What is disturbing is the fact that the UN is apparently willfully giving information to assist the Chinese Communist Party in tracking down its opponents.

China having a place of the Human Rights Council is so laughable it is sickening.

The UN’s very own Universal Declaration of Human Rights implicitly challenges China’s actions.

The preamble states that “disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind.”

The UN loses its credibility as a global decision-making body when it gives a nation like China significant power. These most recent allegations only make the organization more suspect.

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