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Xinjiang Development: Human rights scholar: Facts show improvements in economy and life
September 05,2022   By:CGTN
China rejected a report this week by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. It called the report a plot by the United States and other anti-China forces in the West. For more, our reporter Zheng Chunying spoke with human rights scholar Zhang Yonghe.
 
Earlier this year, when UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet ended her six-day visit in Xinjiang, she said her trip was not an investigation and said her mission had wide and open discussions with people from different sectors in the region. The tone was very different from that of the newly released report which, the Chinese government said, was purely plotted by the US and western forces, and came from political pressure.
 
That view is shared by Zhang Yonghe, Executive Director of the Human Rights Institute at Southwest University of Political Science and Law.
 
PROF. ZHANG YONGHE Executive Director, Human Rights Institute, Southwest University of Political Science and Law "Within just a few months, Bachelet's attitude has made a U-turn, It is obvious that there's western manipulation behind it. At the same time, the report is full of expressions like "very likely to be true", "It seems that", "there are signs that", "it may be true", which shows that the report lacks credibility. But we believe that the international community will not be confused by this disinformation and lies."
 
Professor Zhang told me that, based on years of field research and in-depth investigation, the human rights situation in Xinjiang has improved significantly. He says the region's increasing security, stability and growing incomes speak louder than anything else.
 
PROF. ZHANG YONGHE Executive Director, Human Rights Institute, Southwest University of Political Science and Law "Terrorism and radicalization are the enemy of the international community. No one can turn a blind eye to China's efforts in protecting people from terrorism and radicalization. And I also collected evidence through a large number of interviews, including cotton pickers. Far from being forced to work, as fabricated by some forces in the west, they saw cotton-picking as a lucrative job, and were ready to do that because of the higher pay. In fact, over the past few years, Xinjiang has openly welcomed many foreign journalists and political figures, but unfortunately, all positive comments about the region have been muted or ignored. I think people of Xinjiang are being the best qualified to speak about their home."
 
ZHENG CHUNYING Beijing "Instead of following the path set by the west, Prof. Zhang says China has worked out its own path to improve human rights protection, adding that if people learn more about China's efforts and achievements in protecting human rights, they can have a deeper understanding of the country. ZCY, CGTN, Beijing."

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