UN Human Rights Chief to Step Down in Wake of China Visit

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    The Facts

    • The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, on Mon. announced her decision not to seek a second term citing "personal reasons." Her four-year mandate will expire on Aug. 31.

    • The revelation comes as she continues to face fierce criticism from human rights groups over a visit to China in May, during which she failed to condemn allegations of genocide against Uyghur Muslims taking place in Xinjiang.


    The Spin

    Anti-China narrative

    Bachelet's tour of China was outright embarrassing, not only for herself but for the entirety of the UN. During her closing statements, she said nothing of the ongoing human rights violations in the nation, instead regurgitating CCP propaganda.

    Pro-China narrative

    This is clearly a smear campaign created by US officials, who have tried to manipulate Bachelet's visit to condemn Beijing. She organized her trip according to her will and was given an accurate picture of China and its practices.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 25% chance that the UN will open an investigation or otherwise intervene on the issue of Xinjiang's internment camps by 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


    Establishment split

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