Wednesday, May 29, 2024

UNHRC: India abstains from voting on holding debate on Uyghur, resolution fails

India on Thursday abstained from voting on a draft resolution in the UN Human Rights Council on holding a debate on the “situation of human rights in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China”.

The draft resolution was rejected in the 47-member Council after 17 members voted in favour, 19 members voted against and 11 abstentions, including India, Brazil, Mexico and Ukraine.

China has been accused of committing crimes against humanity and possibly genocide against the Uyghur population and other mostly-Muslim ethnic groups in the north-western region of Xinjiang.

Several leaked documents and reports suggest that more than one million Uyghurs had been detained against their will in a large network of what Beijing calls “re-education camps”.

The draft resolution was presented by a core group consisting of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, UK and USA, and co-sponsored by a range of states, including Turkey.

There are about 12 million Uyghurs, mostly Muslim, living in Xinjiang, which is officially known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

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