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50 countries urge China to release detained Uyghurs

Oct. 31, 2022 19:52 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Fifty mainly Western countries urged China on Monday to fully implement all recommendations in a U.N. report accusing the country of possible “crimes against humanity" against Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim ethnic groups, including taking prompt steps to release all those...

UN rights body rejects Western bid to debate Xinjiang abuses

Oct. 06, 2022 23:31 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — In a close diplomatic victory for China, the U.N.'s top human rights body on Thursday voted down a proposal from Britain, Turkey, the United States and other mostly Western countries to hold a debate on alleged rights abuses against Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in...

US, allies push for UN rights body debate on Xinjiang abuses

Sep. 26, 2022 15:18 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United States and several Western allies presented a proposal Monday for the U.N.'s main human rights body to hold a special debate over reported rights abuses against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in China's western Xinjiang region. The U.S. and Britain,...

China envoy vows 'fight' over alleged Xinjiang rights abuses

Sep. 22, 2022 09:49 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — An envoy from China's Xinjiang province said Thursday that Chinese authorities are ready for a “fight” with “anti-China” critics in the West and elsewhere over allegations of rights abuses in the anti-extremism campaign against Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic groups in the...

On sidelines of UN, a push for China's abuses to be punished

Sep. 19, 2022 20:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The United Nations will be judged by how it addresses China’s persecution of ethnic minorities, diplomats and human rights advocates charged Monday on the sidelines of the body’s General Assembly, calling for forceful action after a report raised the specter of “crimes...

China values UN relationship despite human rights criticism

Sep. 19, 2022 04:56 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — As world leaders gather in New York at the annual U.N. General Assembly, rising superpower China is also focusing on another United Nations body that is meeting across the Atlantic Ocean in Geneva. Chinese diplomats are speaking out and lobbying others at an ongoing...

Despite setbacks, Venezuelan opposition leader touts record

Sep. 16, 2022 21:03 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó gave a quasi-state of the nation address Friday, offering a broad accounting of millions of dollars under his control and taking credit for social programs benefiting people across the troubled South American country. ...

UN to EU: Don't backtrack on climate goals amid energy pinch

Sep. 12, 2022 10:54 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The acting U.N. human rights chief on Monday urged European Union member states to avoid “backtracking” on their efforts to develop renewables and energy-efficiency projects at a time when soaring energy prices have prompted some to ramp up use of and searches for fossil fuels....

IOC publishes rights strategy months after Beijing Olympics

Sep. 09, 2022 14:07 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The IOC approved its human rights strategy on Friday, completing a years-long process months after the Beijing Olympics brought scrutiny on how sports engage with a host nation’s record on discrimination and civil liberties. The 50-page Olympic document guided by...

China shuns cooperation with UN rights office over report

Sep. 09, 2022 12:47 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — China can’t cooperate with the U.N. human rights office after it released a report criticizing Beijing’s policies against Uyghurs and other ethnic groups in western Xinjiang, a top Chinese diplomat said Friday. However, Chen Xu, China’s ambassador to U.N....