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Whistleblower accuses UN of complicity in Uighur genocide

UN Human Rights Lawyer, Emma Reilly, an employee for the UN Human Rights Council has accused the UN of complicity in the Uighur genocide; maintaining, on LBC radio, that high ranking officials handed over the name of Uighur dissidents directly to the Chinese government.

During this interview on LBC, Reilly stated that Chinese officials would ask whether certain individuals “were planning to come” and would then use that information to harass and intimidate activists from attending UNHRC sessions. She further stressed that for those who were no longer under the jurisdiction of the Chinese government, their families would be targeted.


This often led to the accusation of terrorism and subsequent internment in concentration camps.

“China uses that information to put pressure on their families… to arrest their families, to detain them in the camps [and] to torture them,” Reilly told LBC.

She has confirmed that a brother of a dissident, who gave testimony, has since been arbitrarily arrested and has not been seen since.

Reilly has maintained that providing such information to any government “is completely against the rules”. She has since called for an independent investigation into the UN's conduct.

Reilly initial brought these allegations against her boss is the UN’s internal criminal court in 2013, however, her employer has since been promoted whilst she has subsequently been frozen out of the UNHRC meetings.

Reilley further states that a judge who had supported Reilly and called for disciplinary action against offending UNHRC members has since been removed from his post without notice.

UN Watch, a NGO highlighting malpractice by the UN, has further supported Reilley’s claims detailing that they have evidence dating from 2017 showing Chinese officials requesting information on activists.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has since released a statement confirming knowledge of this but maintain that a cordial relationship with China was of primary importance.

“There are three things in human rights law that are completely prohibited in all circumstances: genocide, slavery, and torture […] The Chinese treatment of the Uighurs covers all three.’ And, it seems, so do the actions of the UN”, Reilly stated.

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