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China, Western Countries Face Off (Again) Over Xinjiang at UN Human Rights Council

The Xinjiang issue was at the top of the agenda this week at the opening of the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

Human rights in China’s western Xinjiang region was once again at the center of a bitter diplomatic feud that erupted on Wednesday at the opening session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. 

On one side, Holland submitted a letter to the Council on Tuesday on behalf of 47 signatories, predominantly from the Global North. Then, as is now the custom, a group of developing countries, this time led by Cuba, submitted a rebuttal letter signed by 70 countries that rallied to China’s defense.

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