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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of the People’s Republic of China
January 23, 2024

U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of the People’s Republic of China

45th Session of the UPR Working Group

As Prepared for Delivery by Ambassador Michèle Taylor*

Thank you, Mr. President.

We recommend that China:

1. Release all arbitrarily detained individuals, including in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong, many of whom were named by the UN Working Group.

2. Cease harassment, surveillance, and threats against individuals abroad and in China including Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong.

3. Cease discrimination against individuals’ culture, language, religion or belief; end forcible assimilation policies, including boarding schools, in Tibet and Xinjiang.

4. End torture, unjust residential detention, and persecution throughout China.

5. End forced labor, marriage, birth control, sterilization, abortion, and family separation in Xinjiang.

6. Repeal vague national security, counter-espionage, counter-terrorism, and sedition laws, including the National Security Law in Hong Kong.

7. End repressive measures against women, LGBTQI+ persons, laborers, and migrant workers, including in Hong Kong and Macao.

8. Permit the UN unhindered and meaningful access particularly in Xinjiang and Tibet.

We condemn the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang; human rights abuses in Tibet, Inner Mongolia, and across China; erosion of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong; and transnational repression to silence individuals abroad.

I thank you.

*This U.S. Statement was prepared for delivery and appears as provided to the Secretariat of the Human Rights Council for the record. The text as delivered may have been shortened due to the strict time constraints during the UPR, however the full text may be attributed to Ambassador Taylor.