US lawmakers on Tuesday urged UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to release a report on Xinjiang, where the treatment of Uyghurs is crystallizing tensions between China and the West, ahead of the start of the wars. Beijing Winter Olympics.

Publishing this report before the Olympic Games, scheduled for February 4 to 20, "would reaffirm the fact that no country is above the law or international law", plead the two elected Democrats at the head of the Congress group devoted to China, Senator Jeff Merkley and elected official James McGovern.

Michelle Bachelet, who heads the High Commission, has for years been asking Beijing for "meaningful and unhindered access" to Xinjiang, but no such visit has so far been possible.

In mid-December, a spokesperson for the High Commissioner had indicated that a report could however be published in “a few weeks”.

But human rights defenders are now calling on the UN to get tougher.

Diplomatic boycott, not sport

Several human rights organizations have accused China of having interned at least one million Muslims in Xinjiang in "re-education camps".

Beijing denies this figure and speaks of “vocational training centers” to support employment and combat religious extremism.

The United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom announced that they would not send official representation to the Games because of "the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights violations”.

On the other hand, the athletes of these countries will participate well in the competitions.


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