A UN employee has accused the organisation of passing the names of Uighur activists on to the CCP.
Every now and then the true value of the concept of a ‘whistleblower’ becomes evident. The UN regulation that ‘staff members have a duty to report any breach of the Organisation’s regulation and rules to officials whose responsibility is to take appropriate action’ is a foundation stone of an intergovernmental body that stands supposedly as the most enduring link between globalisation and global cooperation.
This week, a whistleblower made allegations that the UN is committing illegal actions that amount to assisting genocide, and her comments have sparked fury in the international community.
Human rights lawyer Emma Reilly, an employee of the UN Human Rights Council, stated yesterday live on LBC radio that high ranking members of the UNHRC had put countless lives in peril by handing over the names of Uighur dissidents directly to the Chinese government.
— Emma Reilly (@EmmaReillyTweet) November 1, 2020
Speaking to news host Maajid Nawaz, Reilly said that prior to each UNHRC session, the Chinese government would ask the UN ‘whether or not certain people were planning to come.’ She then confirmed that China uses the information given to them by the UN to harass human rights activists with the aim of preventing these activists from attending the UNHRC sessions and illuminating the CCP’s genocidal actions.
If those scheduled to appear at these human rights conferences no longer live under CCP jurisdiction, Reilly alleges their families back home in Xinjiang are targeted, often accused of terrorism and interned in concentration camps.
This campaign of intimidation by one of the world’s most uncompromising and brutal governments clearly aims to make it as difficult as possible for the Uighur people to appeal for justice from the global public.
She added, ‘it is completely against the rules to hand over that information to any government.’
.@UN is silent. Yet @UN argued loudly for four days in public court hearings that giving names of human rights activists planning to speak out to China – and only to China – is ok. There needs to be a credible, independent investigation. This needs to stop. @MaajidNawaz
— Emma Reilly (@EmmaReillyTweet) November 4, 2020
Nawaz was visibly struggling to absorb the enormity of what his interviewee was disclosing. ‘The United Nations is handing over the names of genocided Uighur dissidents… to the government of China that is genociding them?’ he asked incredulously.
‘Exactly’ Reilly responded, ‘when people are planning to come to the Human Rights Council to challenge China about this genocide, instead of helping them, the UN passes their names to China, China uses that information to put pressure on their families… to arrest their families, to detain them in the camps [and] to torture them.’