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Human rights lawyer interviewed on British radio station said ‘her boss’ was the one passing on names to CCP
A human rights lawyer working for the United Nations (UN) in Geneva has accused the body’s Human Rights Council of actively passing names of Uighur dissidents to the Chinese Communist Party.
Speaking to Maajid Nawaz on LBC radio, Emma 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 added, “it is completely against the rules to hand over that information to any government.”
Astonishingly, this has apparently been the case for some time. In a recently-released letter, UN Watch, an NGO that highlights UN malpractice and bias, revealed that as long ago as February 2017 – although the practice has allegedly gone on since 2013 – “Chinese authorities, and others, regularly ask the UN Human Rights Office whether particular NGO delegates are attending future sessions.”
More alarmingly still, the Secretariat press release acknowledges that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) “confirms this information.”
Reilly further maintained that “the UN makes an exception for China and only for China.”
Both Reilly and UN Watch asserted that China then uses the information that the UN provides them, to harass human rights activists and their families – often accusing them of terrorism and worse.
Nawaz was visibly struggling to absorb the enormity of what his interviewee revealed. “The United Nations is handing over the names of genocided Uighur dissidents… to the government of China that is genociding them?” he asked incredulously.
The presenter asked Reilly how she knew this, to which she replied: “because my boss was the person doing it.”
While Reilly’s boss has been promoted, she has been frozen out of the UN – where she still works – and it transpires that nobody can take the matter to a court because the United Nations has diplomatic immunity.