At last the United Nations decides to crawl into action as communist Chinese troops shoot, arrest and abuse Uyghurs in East Turkestan for daring to protest at the continuing oppression in their land and oppose the injustices and human rights violatiosn which characterises China’s occupation.
A senior level United Nations human rights official on Tuesday called on Chinese authorities and what it chose to describe as ‘ethnic groups’ in the region to refrain from further violence after what the UN representative termed “a major tragedy.” Ms.Navi Pillay, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said demonstrators had the right to protest peacefully and that those arrested should be treated in line with international law.
Ms Pillay demanded a full and transparent investigation which she insisted should be conducted into the causes of the deaths following Sunday’s peaceful protests, and called on Communist Chinese authorities to publish the identities of those killed, and exactly determine what happened.
“I urge Uighur and Han civic leaders, and the Chinese authorities at all levels, to exercise great restraint so as not to spark further violence and loss of life,” Pillay said in a statement. “This is a major tragedy.”
The former U.N. war crimes prosecutor was also concerned that China’s response should be measured. “However, it is vital that the authorities only resort to lethal force when it is strictly unavoidable in order to protect life.” She also called upon Communist China to treat humanely those arrested and use methods of questionning in compliance with international norms and that fair judicial process and investigation take place