China Did Not Allow Free Access: UN Envoy’s Visit To China

A United Nations appointed envoy on human rights said to the reporters on Tuesday that the Chinese government has not allowed him the access to individuals who he had hoped to meet during his visit to the country according to a report by the Reuters.

“Chinese government interfered with his work during a visit to China by blocking access to individuals whom he had hoped to meet.” said the report which explains that the Chinese government has interfered with the envoy’s work.

Philip Alston, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights explained in a press briefing at the end of his nine day routine visit to China that though the government had been notified in advance of the places he had to visit during his tour, none of them had been arranged.

“None of those meetings were arranged, and the message I got from many of the people I contacted was that they had been advised that they should be on vacation at this time,” said Alston, an Australian who is a law professor at the New York University School of Law.

Alston explained that a U.N. special rapporteur entitled to meet with whomsoever he wants to meet with, that he’s entitled to go wherever he wants to in every other country he had visited.

“Rights groups say the government is trying to silence critics, and also argue that the country’s ethnic minorities, particularly in places such as Tibet, Inner Mongolia and the western region of Xinjiang, face harsh discriminatory measures.” said that Reuters report and it also explained of the fact that in the ongoing tenure of president Xi, the government has cracked down on Media and rights activists in the country.

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