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52nd Session UNHRC: Intervention by Mr. Aaron Magunna (Research Analyst EFSAS) on Interactive Dialogue on Minorities

23-03-2023, Geneva 

Text and video of Mr. Aaron Magunna's Intervention on Item 3: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on minority issues during the 52nd Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).


Video of Mr. Aaron Magunna's Intervention on Interactive dialogue Item 3 during the 52nd Session of the UNHRC.


"Madam Vice President,

The recent report by the Special Rapporteur on minority issues has once again put the spotlight on the discrimination many minorities face in the world today. Discrimination, the report highlights, is the result of both state policy and international indifference.

Discrimination against Tibetans and Uighurs in China illustrates this. The report notes that Tibetan children are routinely separated from their families and sent to residential schools. These schools are part of a broader policy that seeks to Sinicize the Tibetan population, eroding its unique religious, linguistic, and cultural identity.

Uighurs in Xinjiang face even more severe repression. A 2022 UN report has noted serious human rights violations against the Uighur population, including forced labor, systemic sexual violence, and eugenics programs. In Xinjiang, cultural destruction is a defining part of the modus operandi of state institutions.

The Chinese government is the immediate perpetrator of these crimes. However, the international community and UN bodies enable them. The 2023 report notes that minorities are “left behind” at the UN by not being made an organizational priority. Minority rights are human rights, and UN institutions have largely failed minorities.

Madam Vice President,

The UN’s approach toward minorities creates a vacuum in which the violations against Chinese minorities are situated. The UN’s legitimacy rests upon its ability to deliver human rights for all. Both the UN and its member states must bolster their efforts to hold States accountable for the human rights violations they commit against their populations.

Thank you".


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