Speaking at a meeting in Geneva on Monday, June 24, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet emphasized human rights violations in several regions of the world.
Bachelet expressed disappointment at Saudi Arabia’s response to a report by an independent U.N. human rights expert last week criticizing the country over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
“I regret Saudi Arabia’s dismissal of last week’s report by the Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary, or arbitrary executions,” said Bachelet.
The U.N. Human Rights chief reiterated her strong condemnation of the mass execution of 37 men in April, stating that some of them were children when the alleged crimes occurred.
Bachelet praised the “inspiring and peaceful” popular uprising in Sudan, “with its call for democratic governance and justice,” she said. Bachelet, however, denounced the “brutal crackdown by the Sudanese security forces this month” in response to the protests.
The U.N. Rights chief said, “I regret that the [Sudanese] government has not responded to our request for access to investigate allegations of serious human rights violations by the joint security forces during the crackdown.” Bachelet stated that there are reports that “more than 100 protesters were killed, and many more injured, during and following the assault by security forces on a peaceful sit-in on the third of June.”
Bachelet also touched on the massive pro-democracy protests situation in Hong Kong.
“In Hong Kong, I commend the sound decision of the authorities to delay passage of the bill regarding extradition, in response to the massive display of civic activism by a large proportion of the population,” said Bachelet.
Bachelet called upon the Chinese regime and the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to “consult broadly before passing or amending this, or any other, legislation.”
She stated that she would continue to raise the human rights violations issues related to Xinjiang and other matters with the Chinese Communist regime.
Bachelet made these comments as the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council opened its latest session.
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