Uyghur survivors from Chinese internment camps rallied outside the United Nations office in Geneva last April 25, marking the start of a weeklong protest to get an audience with the UN Human Rights High Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet.
Qelbinur Sidiq, Gulbahar Jelilova, Gulbahar Haitiwaji, and Omir Bekali are part of the Uyghur, a predominantly Muslim minority that resides in the north-west Chinese region of Xinjiang. The four came to Geneva to talk with Bachelet and convince her to release a report detailing the human rights abuses in Xinjiang.
Bachelet announced last month that an agreement had been made with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to visit the country, which includes a trip to the controversial region. However, the protestors doubt that the Chinese will allow the UN Commissioner to see the real atrocities in Xinjiang.
“We’re all fully aware that China is a very crafty and deceptive country extremely skillful at choreographing fake people and fake stages,” said Haitiwaji.